Keynote & Featured Speakers

ProfAmityaProfessor Amitya Kumara M.S. currently serves as a senior faculty member in the Faculty of Psychology of Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. Her research interests cover the fields education and psychology with special focus on youth and young students.   She has also been part of research clusters, examining topics such as Educational Psychology and Psychometrics. READ MORE

IMG_0287Associate 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

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

farzad-profileProfessor 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 an analytical framework of cultural cognition, cultural conceptualisations, and language. READ MORE

Dr. Helen B. Toraskar PhotoDr. Helen Toraskar completed her doctorate in Education at the University of Hong Kong in 2015, specialising 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


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

Kirpal_Singh-e1455554630903Associate Professor Dr 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

Lance Knowles is co-founder and head of research and pedagogical support at DynEd International, Inc. Knowles 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

drmahDr 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

maznahProfessor 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

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