Past Plenary/Keynote Speakers

Dr. Mary Hatakka

Khalifa University,


Dr. Mary Hatakka has over 25 years of experience in teaching in Finland, Italy, Egypt and in the United Arab Emirates. Currently she is working as an Assistant Professor of English at the English-medium Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates Dr Hatakka’s research interests include academic literacy skills, student motivation and retention and engineering habits of mind.

Prof. Dr. Siti Aishah Hashim Ali

Open University,


Prof. Dr. Siti Aishah was the Deputy Vice President of Open University Malaysia. She obtained her MSc in Applied Mathematics at the University of Miami, USA followed by her Ph.D. at the University of Malaya, Malaysia. She had served in various posts in institutions including the University of Miami, Universiti Teknologi MARA, and University of Malaya. She is an active researcher and regularly publishes academic research in her field.