Keynote & Featured Speakers

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 has co-edited two volumes, Crosscurrents: Transatlantic Perspectives on Early Modern Hispanic Drama (Bucknell, 2006) and Making Sense of the Senses: Current Approaches in Spanish Comedia Criticism (Juan de la Cuesta, 2017). She has also co-authored a third-year introduction to Hispanic literature textbook, Redes literarias: Antologίa del texto hispânico en su contexto historico-cultural (McFarland, 2018). READ MORE

Professor Busaya Virakul, Ph.D.,  holds a B.Sc. and a D.V.M. from the School of Veterinary Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. She continued study in the U.S. and earned a M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota. Before taking up teaching, she spent six years working with agribusiness companies. READ MORE

Associate Professor Cem Can received his M.A. and Ph.D. in ELT and Applied Linguistics.  He has been teaching at the ELT Department of Cukurova University in Turkey since 1989.  He is one of the founding members of and the editor-in-chief of International Journal of Studies In Applied Linguistics and ELT published by De Gruyter.  He is also the chair of LIF – Language in Focus Conferences.  His main research areas include ELT methodology, SLA, learner corpora, and teacher training.  He has also been involved in many EU projects and partnerships. READ MORE

Danica Čerče is an Associate Professor of Literatures in English, teaching English at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. Čerče has participated in a number of international conferences as a panelist, a keynote speaker, a member of Conference Steering Committee and Advisory Board, and has given lectures and conducted courses at several foreign universities, most recently at the University of Georgia in the United States. She serves on the Editorial Board of Coolabah and Steinbeck Review, and is a Vice President of the International Society of Steinbeck Scholars. READ MORE

Associate Professor Darshana Sedera leads the Enterprise Systems study group at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane Australia. He received his PhD from QUT in 2007 and he has over 100 peer reviewed publications to his credit on topics related to Innovation, Enterprise Systems, Knowledge Management, Supply Chain Management.  READ MORE

Dr. Emma Parker is an expert on postwar and contemporary literature, especially women’s writing, and is interested in 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 (2012-2017), published by Oxford University Press and winner of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals’ ‘Best New Journal’ award (2009). She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Orlando women’s writing project (Cambridge University Press) and the Advisory Board of the journal Writers in Conversation. READ MORE

Professor Farzad Sharifian is part of the Division of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at Monash University, Australia. He is a leading linguist with a multidisciplinary background in cognitive science, anthropology and education. Professor Sharifian is a pioneer of Cultural Linguistics who has developed a theoretical and analytical framework of cultural cognition, cultural conceptualizations, and language. READ MORE

Dr. Helen Toraskar completed her doctorate in Education at the University of Hong Kong in 2015, specializing in English Language and Literature. She has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics (The University of Hong Kong), an M.Sc. in Education (The University of Pennsylvania, USA) and a B.A. in Sociology (McMaster University, Canada). 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.  READ MORE

Dr. Hiroshi Hasegawa (Graduate Diploma in Education, Master of Education Studies (LOTE), Master of Education (TESOL) and a PhD) is the Japanese Course Coordinator and a senior lecturer in the School of Education at Curtin University in Western Australia. He has extensive teaching experiences from primary to tertiary level. He currently coordinates and teaches various undergraduate units pertaining to Japanese (as a second language) and contemporary Japanese culture. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

Associate Professor Dr Jehangir Bharucha  is  an academician of international acclaim and is currently the Director of Postgraduate Studies and an Associate Professor at Mumbai’s premier college for business and commerce education, H R College of Commerce and Economics. Holding two PhD degrees, he has been invited several times by leading universities in the United States and United Kingdom to  teach courses related to the Indian economy.  He is perhaps best known for his Masterclass courses on Doing Business in India at Kennesaw State University, City University of New York and other institutions worldwide. READ MORE

Dr. Jeongmi Um currently serves as a faculty member and sociolinguist in the faculty of economics of KwanseiGakuin University, Hyogo, Japan since 2003 after studying in the master /doctoral course of Language Information Science, Graduate school of arts, Tokyo university. Her research interests cover the fields of sociolinguistics and comparative linguistics. She has authored various research publications and presented in many conferences all over the world. She 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. READ MORE

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). READ MORE

Kaya Munakata is a lecturer in the Department of English at Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba, Japan. She completed her MA in TESOL at Teachers College, Columbia University and her undergraduate studies in Comparative Culture with a concentration in Japanese Studies at Sophia University, Tokyo. Her current research focuses on learning English through realia especially artworks and hands-on art activities and connecting visual images and language learning. READ MORE

Professor Kevin Mark is interested primarily in the question of how mass education can be made more human.  Since 1991 he has been pursuing this question as a tenured professor at Meiji University in Tokyo, developing innovative language teaching materials that can support teachers and learners who seek less “teaching” or explaining in favour of more discovery, individualisation, enjoyment and psychological comfort. READ MORE

Associate Professor Kirpal Singh is Director of the Wee Kim Wee Centre at the Singapore Management University. Dr. Singh is among the foremost of today’s global thinkers, especially in the arena of Creativity & Innovation.  READ MORE

Dr. Kristian Stewart, a University of Michigan Diversity Scholar and King Chávez Park Future Faculty Fellow, holds a joint appointment in both the departments of Language, Culture, and Communication and the College of Education at the University of Michigan Dearborn, USA. Courses she has instructed include writing and rhetoric I and II, developmental writing, advanced argumentation, theme-based writing, independent composition studies (South Africa themed), and business writing & rhetoric. In the College of Education, Dr. Stewart instructs scholarly writing, a graduate course geared toward both master’s and doctoral degree seeking students. READ MORE

Lance Knowles is co-founder and head of research and pedagogical support at DynEd International, Inc. He has led the development and use of blended interactive learning programs for more than 30 years. His innovative learning theory, Recursive Hierarchical Recognition (RHR), is based on cognitive neuroscience. DynEd’s award-winning programs are used by millions of students around the world.  READ MORE

Dr. Mah Boon Yih is an award-winning academician from the Academy of Language Studies, UiTM (Penang). With numerous awards and medals since 2009, he is listed in the Who’s Who in Science and Engineering 2011-2012 & 2016-2017, Who’s Who in Asia 2012, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century (7th and 9th Editions), Top 100 Educators 2012, Dictionary of International Biography (36th-38th Editions), Who’s Who in the World 2013-2015, Top 100 Professionals 2015, and Leading Educators of the World 2015. Dr Mah is the founder of Web-based Cognitive Writing Instruction or WeCWI ( READ MORE

Dr. Madhavi Gokhale is a professor at the School of Business Management, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai, India.Prior to her current post, Dr. Gokhale has held various academic positions including as language teacher and communications skills lecturer before being promoted to the rank of Associate Professor at the Sardar Patel Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1997. READ MORE

Professor Marilyn Lambert-Drache has been an associate vice-president international at York University from 2012 to 2018. In this capacity she provided leadership to York International and worked with internal and external partners to advance internationalization at York through exchange agreements, curricular initiatives and research collaborations. Professor Lambert-Drache holds a Ph.D. in applied and theoretical linguistics from the University of Aix-Marseille in France. READ MORE

Dr. Mary Hatakka has over 25 years of experience in teaching and researching academic literacy skills and problem-based learning, as well as English for academic and specific purposes, writing in the disciplines and writing across the curriculum. She has taught these subjects 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. READ MORE

Professor Dr Maznah Wan Omar is a Professor of Marketing at the Faculty of Business Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. Formerly the Head of the Post Graduate Study, she is now the Chairman of the Public Interest Center of Excellence at the university. She has more than 153 publications including in high-impact journals (SCOPUS/ISI Thomson) and various conference proceedings. She was also the Guest Editor of PERTANIKA Special Issue Journal (SCOPUS indexed) 2010 and WASJ- World of Applied Science Journal (indexed with ISI Thomson) and the Chief Editor of the Journal of Social Issues in Marketing. READ MORE

Dr. Pamela Rogerson-Revell is an applied linguist with particular research and teaching interests in the areas of phonology and pronunciation teaching; English as an international language (EIL) and Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL). She has recently finished co-authoring a book ‘Teaching and Researching Pronunciation: Contemporary Perspectives’ (Pennington and Rogerson- Revell, 2019, Palgrave Macmillan). She is also involved in a two-year funded research project investigating pronunciation teachers’ cognition and practice, with co-investigator Dr. Wafa Zoghbor at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates. READ MORE

Dr. Rachel Williamson is an educational 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 Centreon campus 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. The project is currently entering its sixth phase and is a joint initiative between the University of Auckland, the Woolf Fisher Research Centre, the Manaiakalani Community of schools, NEXT Foundation and the MSA Charitable Trust. READ MORE

Professor Dr. Siti Aishah is currently the Deputy Vice President of Open University Malaysia (OUM). She began her academic career in the field of Mathematics obtaining her MSc at the University of Miami, USA and subsequently her PhD at the University of Malaya, Malaysia. She has served in various academic and administrative posts in local and international institutions including the University of Miami, Universiti Teknologi Mara and University of Malaya. READ MORE

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