Past Plenary/Keynote Speakers

Dr. Kirpal Singh

Training Vision Institute,


Dr. Kirpal Singh distinguished 45-year career included teaching full-time at Singapore’s top three universities and culminating at the Training Vision Institute (Singapore) where he is the Chief Academic Officer. He is among the foremost of today’s global thinkers, especially in the area of Creativity & Innovation. Dr Singh’s 2004 book-THINKING HATS & COLOURED TURBANS- made the bold assertion that Creativity is closely linked to language.

Dr. Rachel Williamson

University of Auckland,

New Zealand

Dr. Williamson is a researcher working in the Faculty of Education & Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is currently based at the Woolf Fisher Research Centre and, in her role at the centre, is the principal investigator and project lead on a multi-year, national study exploring the impact of participation in a digital literacy programme, the Summer Learning Journey, on the learning and achievement of students in low-income school settings.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jehangir Bharucha

HR College of Commerce and Economics,


Assoc. Prof. Dr Jehangir Bharucha is currently the Director of Postgraduate Studies and an Associate Professor at Mumbai’s, H R College of Commerce and Economics. A holder of two PhD degrees, he is best known for his Masterclass courses on Doing Business in India at Kennesaw State University, City University of New York and other institutions worldwide.

Prof. Dr. Bonnie L. Gassior

California State University,

United States of America

Professor Bonnie L. Gasior, Ph.D., is a Professor of Spanish at California State University, Long Beach and a recipient of the 2018 (CSULB) President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement. She is a co-editor of two book volumes and also co-authored an introduction to Hispanic literature textbook, Redes literarias: Antologίa del texto hispânico en su contexto historico-cultural (McFarland, 2018).

Prof. Dr. Busaya Virakul

The National Institute of Development Administration, Bangkok,


Professor Busaya Virakul, Ph.D., holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota. Before taking up teaching, she spent six years working with agribusiness companies. She now teaches business ethics, leadership development, and human resources classes at the School of Human Resource Development, The National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Bangkok.

Assoc. Prof. Danica Čerče

University of Ljubljana,


Danica Čerče is an Associate Professor of Literatures in English, teaching English at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. Her research interests include the 20th century American literature, contemporary Black and Native American playwriting, Indigenous Australian literature, and translation studies.She serves on the Editorial Board of Coolabah and Steinbeck Review, and is a Vice President of the International Society of Steinbeck Scholars.