Past Plenary/Keynote Speakers

Dr. Helen Toraskar

Centennial College,

Hong Kong

Dr. Helen Toraskar completed her doctorate in Education at the University of Hong Kong in 2015, specialising in English Language and Literature. Helen is currently conducting research in EFL teaching/learning and EFL teacher professional development. Her broader research interests include both EFL Academic writing and Speaking in Higher Education.

Dr. Jan Maclean

Simon Fraser University,


Dr. Jan MacLean is a Senior Lecturer in the fields of Art Education and Literacy with the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in B.C. Canada. She has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters on the topics of “Inclusion through the Arts”. Dr. MacLean has presented her research on “educating through the arts” internationally throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Dr. Joel Vallejo Araya

Mindanao State University,


Dr. Joel Vallejo Araya is an Assistant Professor at the Mindanao State University in Marawi City, Philippines. He teaches at the English Department at the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Department of Graduate Studies. He is a PRC licensed teacher with 20 years of teaching experience. He obtained his PhD in Educational Management at the Capitol University (Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines).

Kaya Munakata

Kanda University of International Studies,


Kaya Munakata lectures at the Department of English at Kanda University of International Studies, Japan. She completed her MA in TESOL at Columbia University and her undergraduate studies in Comparative Culture at Sophia University, Tokyo. Her research focuses on learning English through realia especially artworks and hands-on activities and connecting visual images and language learning.

Dr. Mah Boon Yih

University Teknologi MARA,


Dr Mah Boon Yih is a senior lecturer at Academy of Language Studies, UiTM (Penang). A multiple award-winning academic, Dr Mah is the founder of Web-based Cognitive Writing Instruction or WeCWI, an award-winning hybrid e-framework for instructional design and language development. At present, WeCWI is committed towards commercialisation through consultancy, IP licensing, and joint ventures.

Dr. Madhavi Gokhale

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies,


Dr. Madhavi Gokhale is a professor at the School of Business Management, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai. Dr. Gokhale has held various academic positions before being promoted to the rank of Associate Professor at the Sardar Patel Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1997. Her research interests revolve around the field of literature with multiple papers published.