Past Plenary/Keynote Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Darshana Sedera

Queensland University of Technology,


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Darshana Sedera of the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane Australia received his Ph.D. in 2007 and has over 100 publications to his credit including in the Journal of Strategic Information Systems where his work was one of the top-15 most downloaded papers from Elsevier Publications.

Dr. Emma Parker

University of Leicester,

United Kingdom

Dr. Emma Parker is an expert on postwar and contemporary literature, especially women’s writing focusing on issues relating to gender and sexuality. She is a founder member of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association and a former co-editor of the journal Contemporary Women’s Writing and winner of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals’ ‘Best New Journal’ award (2009).

Prof. Dr. Farzad Sharifian

Monash University,


Professor Farzad Sharifian was the Chair in Cultural Linguistics at Monash University, Australia. He was a leading linguist with a multidisciplinary background in cognitive science, anthropology and education. He was a pioneer in Cultural Linguistics developing a theoretical and analytical frameworks of cultural cognition, cultural conceptualisations, and language, which drew on analytical tools and theoretical advancements in multiple disciplines.

Dr. JeongMi Um

KwanseiGakuin University,


Dr. Jeongmi Um is a faculty member and sociolinguist in the Faculty of Economics of KwanseiGakuin University, Hyogo, Japan. Her research interests cover the fields of sociolinguistics and comparative linguistics. She has authored various research publications and was invited as a visiting researching fellow at SOAS of London University, England in 2007 and Kyujangkak Research Center of Seoul National university in 2013.

Lance Knowles

DynEd International,

United States of America

Lance Knowles is an expert on the development and use of interactive language learning programs. As founder and long-time President of DynEd International, he has led the design of numerous award-winning courses and tests used by millions in over 70 countries worldwide. Mr. Knowles is the developer of Recursive Hierarchical Recognition (RHR), a brain-based learning theory for the design and of effective language learning programs.

Prof. Dr. Maznah Wan Omar

Universiti Teknologi MARA,


Maznah Wan Omar, Ph.D., is a Professor of Marketing at the Faculty of Business Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. She has more than 153 publications including in high-impact journals (SCOPUS/ISI Thomson). She was the Guest Editor of PERTANIKA Special Issue Journal (SCOPUS indexed) 2010 and WASJ- World of Applied Science Journal (ISI Thomson) and the Chief Editor of the Journal of Social Issues in Marketing.