SEACE2020 Overview


SEACE2020

February 7–9, 2020 | MAX Atria at Singapore EXPO, Singapore

The education scene in Southeast Asia is one of the most dynamic, entrepreneurial and competitive in the world, with more than 12 million students enrolled in around 7,000 higher education institutions across the region, reflecting the ASEAN’s growth in relevance and weight in the global economy and politics. The fast growing middle-class propels the inherently diverse ASEAN Community to set educational standards for the relatively youthful and growing population that are globally competitive and yet locally grounded, as can be witnessed by the achievements of the universities in Singapore. While Singapore is often spoken as an exception, it nevertheless is an integral part of the ASEAN’s goal to establish a “common space for higher education” and efforts to promote trans-national education to enhance human resource development that foster greater economic, social and political integration among the 10 diverse nations. To this end, the case of Singapore is also a reminder that raising the standard and quality of education in poorer members of ASEAN is still a real challenge that must be addressed collectively. The goals and aspirations for education in ASEAN may be clear but the environment is complex, as national institutions must compete with global competitors from outside ASEAN, such as US, UK and Australian universities that have been long been popular destinations for Southeast Asian students to study abroad. The trend of overseas universities establishing campuses in ASEAN countries, and the fast-changing educational requirements, skills and qualifications compound the situation with additional hurdles.

The first IAFOR Southeast Asian Conference on Education seeks to identify the challenges and highlight the strength in the way ASEAN countries address and tackle the region’s educational needs, at both the national level and at the region-wide level, such as internationalisation, multiculturalism, connectivity, mobility and accessibility. What are the challenges of reforming national-level primary and secondary education system conducive to enhancing trans-national education within ASEAN and to forging ASEAN identity? What are the benefits of trans-national education models that the rest of the world, particularly ASEAN’s neighbour to the north, learn from? As a vibrant hub of eager and motivated youth, the future of education around the world surely cannot ignore what is happening in Southeast Asia.

SEACE2020 encourages academics and scholars to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum stimulating respectful dialogue. Like our long-running events elsewhere in the world, our first in Southeast Asia will afford an exceptional opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, networking, and facilitating partnerships across national and disciplinary borders.


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Programme

  • Education in Southeast Asia: Crossroads of Geopolitics, Economic Development and Democracy
    Education in Southeast Asia: Crossroads of Geopolitics, Economic Development and Democracy
    Plenary Panel Presentation: Haruko Satoh, Lam Peng Er, Farish Noor & Victor Teo
  • The Impact of AI on the Future of Work: Implications for University Education in ASEAN
    The Impact of AI on the Future of Work: Implications for University Education in ASEAN
    Special Address: Steven Miller
  • Skills and Higher Education: A Case Study of Singapore & Implications for Southeast Asia
    Skills and Higher Education: A Case Study of Singapore & Implications for Southeast Asia
    Featured Presentation: Lim Lai Cheng
  • From South East Asian Classrooms to the Middle of the North Pacific!
    From South East Asian Classrooms to the Middle of the North Pacific!
    Featured Presentation: Lowell Shepherd

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Speakers

  • Lim Lai Cheng
    Lim Lai Cheng
    Singapore Management University, Singapore
  • Lam Peng Er
    Lam Peng Er
    East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Steven Miller
    Steven Miller
    Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore
  • Farish Noor
    Farish Noor
    Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
  • Haruko Satoh
    Haruko Satoh
    Osaka University, Japan
  • Lowell Sheppard
    Lowell Sheppard
    HOPE International Development Agency Japan
  • Victor Teo
    Victor Teo
    University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Organising Committee

  • Lam Peng Er
    Lam Peng Er
    East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Lynette Swee Hian Goh
    Lynette Swee Hian Goh
    Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore
  • Joseph Haldane
    Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Barbara Lockee
    Barbara Lockee
    Virginia Tech., USA
  • Farish Noor
    Farish Noor
    Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
  • Justin Sanders
    Justin Sanders
    Temple University, Japan Campus
  • Haruko Satoh
    Haruko Satoh
    Osaka University, Japan
  • Wee Liang Tan
    Wee Liang Tan
    Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore
  • Zachary Walker
    Zachary Walker
    University College London, UK

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Review Committee

  • Dr Burton Aggabao, Isabela State University, Philippines
  • Professor James Briganti, Nagasaki University, Japan
  • Dr Edsoulla Chung, The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Professor Heeseon Jang, Pyeongtaek University, South Korea
  • Dr Annie WY Ng, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  • Dr Marilyn Obod, Our Lady of Fatima University, Philippines
  • Dr Nessrin Shaya, American University in the Emirates, United Arab Emirates
  • Dr Tee Hui Teo, SUTD, Singapore
  • Dr Ulysses Yu, Philippine Normal University and St. Stephen's High School, Philippines

IAFOR's peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by conference Organising Committee members under the guidance of the Academic Governing Board. Review Committee members are established academics who hold PhDs or other terminal degrees in their fields and who have previous peer review experience.

If you would like to apply to serve on the SEACE2019 Review Committee, please visit our application page.

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Education in Southeast Asia: Crossroads of Geopolitics, Economic Development and Democracy
Plenary Panel Presentation: Haruko Satoh, Lam Peng Er, Farish Noor & Victor Teo

The recent announcement of the Association of Asian Studies’ decision to relocate its Asian conference from Hong Kong to Kobe, Japan, due to the political situation in Hong Kong is a poignant reminder that institutions of higher education and research are not immune to geopolitical developments in East Asia. The underpinning institutions and arrangements of the US-led international liberal order are seen to be weakening, if not in retreat, not least because of President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy but because the economies of the countries in this order have not fully recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, leaving a void in its wake for China to fill. In Southeast Asia, the effects of China’s growing influence are especially difficult to ignore, where most states are still in a developmental phase, both politically and economically. In such a fluid situation, the status of institutions of higher education as a bastion of free-thinking, innovative scholarship, and liberal values will be tested in the coming years and decades while governments in pursuit of nation-state consolidation turn to authoritarian rule and policies driven by tribal nationalism.

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The Impact of AI on the Future of Work: Implications for University Education in ASEAN
Special Address: Steven Miller

Moving forward, the work environment will increasingly include hybridised combinations of human intelligence and machine (artificial) intelligence and this has important implications for university-level education. To assist ASEAN university educators to grasp the implications of this transition, this talk will address the following topics:

  1. What is AI
  2. Industry applications of AI
  3. Comparing AI and human intelligence
  4. The respective roles of people and AI/Cognitive Automation in the workplace
  5. The challenges of predicting the impacts of AI and automation on work and employment
  6. Implications for ASEAN economy and university education

Within this 40 minute session covering all six of these topics, the largest amount of time will be concentrated on the third and fourth topics.

My understanding of these issues and views on these topics are derived from the following sources: i) from my close working relationships with industry and government, ii) from my opportunities to review of state-of-the-art AI research proposals and projects, and iii) from extensive reading of both practitioner community authors and academic and research community authors.

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Skills and Higher Education: A Case Study of Singapore & Implications for Southeast Asia
Featured Presentation: Lim Lai Cheng

Technology is radically transforming every industry sector in Singapore and most parts of the world. The key to growth ultimately depends on how fast a country is able to restructure its industries to remain competitive and how quickly workers can develop new skills to stay relevant. Since 2016, different agencies in Singapore have been working hard on Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) to drive productivity and innovation. SkillsFuture, a national movement which encourages all Singaporeans to engage in lifelong learning has also gained momentum with substantial government funding and programmes to drive skills upgrading. More significant is the fact there are now schools, academies or centres in our universities that are specially focused on providing professional continuing education for working adults. This session focuses on how this new imperative and surge in professional education programmes are shaping the tertiary landscape. It also discusses the implications of disruptive technologies and new skills demands, and the role of tertiary institutions vis-a-vis industry in Southeast Asia.

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From South East Asian Classrooms to the Middle of the North Pacific!
Featured Presentation: Lowell Shepherd

Lowell Sheppard has been active in education in a variety of ways over many years. Through the building of elementary and middle schools in Cambodia and enabling Indigenous Young People in the Philippines to receive a college education through the Pamulaan Center, Lowell has enabled thousands of young people to receive an education.

Lowell’s latest Project, Pacific Solo, involves him taking the classroom from SE Asia to the North Pacific. In two years time, Lowell plans on sailing solo across the North Pacific through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to a place he has identified as Nemo North, the place furthest from Land in any direction. Lowell is announcing the Pacific Solo Learning Project, and outlining at the conference ways that students and classrooms can engage by asking him to gather data and conduct collaborative experiments on their behalf while on his voyage.

Lowell has also served on the board Nagoya International School in Japan, and is currently on the IAFOR International Academic Advisory Board.

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Lim Lai Cheng
Singapore Management University, Singapore

Biography

Lim Lai Cheng is Executive Director of SMU Academy, the professional training arm of Singapore Management University (SMU) and Fellow, School of Social Sciences. She oversees SMU’s SkillsFuture agenda, continuing education and technology-related innovation in teaching and learning. She has extensive experience in the Singapore Education System and held key roles in corporate communications, curriculum planning and policy development at the Education Ministry’s headquarters. She was principal of three of Singapore’s public schools over a period of 15 years, the last of the schools being Raffles Institution, the most prestigious school in the country.
She holds a BA (Hons) and an MA from Cambridge University (UK), a Masters in Education from the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) in Language Education and a PhD in Education from University College London (Institute of Education). Her key research areas are technology integration in education, blended learning and gamification.

Dr Lim is advisor to several education foundations in Sweden, Slovakia, South Africa, and Russia. She is also involved in education projects in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. She was conferred the Chevalier Dans L’ Ordre Des Palmes Academiques by the French Education Minister in 2012 for her key role in advancing educational collaboration and initiatives between France and Singapore.

Featured Presentation (2020) | Skills and Higher Education: A Case Study of Singapore & Implications for Southeast Asia
Lam Peng Er
East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Biography

Dr Lam Peng Er, a political scientist, obtained his PhD from Columbia University. His publications have appeared in international journals such as the Pacific Affairs, Asian Survey, Asian Affairs, Japan Forum and Government and Opposition: An International Journal of Comparative Politics. Lam's latest single-authored book is Japan's Peace Building Diplomacy in Asia: Searching for an Active Political Role (New York and London: Routledge, 2009). Other books include: Japan’s Relations with Southeast Asia: The Fukuda Doctrine and Beyond (London and New York: Routledge, 2013) edited, Japan's Relations with China: Facing a Rising Power (New York and London: Routledge, 2006) edited and Green Politics in Japan (London: Routledge, 1999). He is an executive editor of the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (A Journal of the Japan Association of International Relations published by Oxford University Press) and Asian Journal of Peacebuilding (Journal of the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University).

Plenary Panel Presentation (2020) | Education in Southeast Asia: Crossroads of Geopolitics, Economic Development and Democracy
Steven Miller
Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore

Biography

Professor Steven Miller is Vice Provost (Research) at Singapore Management University (SMU) and Professor of Information Systems (Practice). Steven was the Founding Dean of the SMU School of Information Systems (SIS), a position he held from December 2002 through June 2016. During his time as founding Dean, he concentrated on developing all aspects of the SIS, including undergraduate and postgraduate educational programmes, research strategies and capability development, interactions with external government and industry stakeholders, and the SIS relationship with Carnegie Mellon University. Steve established and developed the technology core of SIS research and project capabilities in Cybersecurity, Data Management & Analytics, Intelligent Systems & Decision Analytics, and Software & Cyber-Physical Systems, as well as the management science oriented capability in the Information Systems & Management area. Based on these capabilities, SIS was able to secure significant levels of external funding from government and industry, and establish a strong set of labs and centres across these areas.

Prior to joining SMU, Professor Miller held senior positions in technology, management and consulting with Fujitsu Ltd in both Japan and the United States; RWD Technologies in the United States; and IBM Global Services where he was Chief Architect Executive for Business Innovation Services, Asia Pacific. He started his professional career as a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, appointed in both the College of Engineering and the Business School.

Steven Miller works closely with several Singapore government ministries and agencies via steering committees, advisory boards, and advisory appointments. In 2014, he was a recipient of Singapore’s Public Administration Medal (Silver) for his public service contributions related to establishing SMU’s School of Information Systems and strengthening SMU’s research administration capabilities. In 2015, he completed the Leaders in Urban Governance Programme, an immersive one month course for senior Singapore civil servants, delivered by the Centre for Liveable Cities, a unit of Singapore’s Ministry of National Development.

His educational background includes a PhD in Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, an MSc in Statistics (Carnegie Mellon University), and a BSc in Systems Science & Engineering (University of Pennsylvania). In 2015, he completed the Leaders in Urban Governance Programme, an immersive one month course for senior Singapore civil servants, delivered by the Centre for Liveable Cities, a unit of Singapore’s Ministry of National Development.

Special Address (2020) | The Impact of AI on the Future of Work: Implications for University Education in ASEAN
Farish Noor
Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Biography

Dr Farish A. Noor is Associate Professor at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and also the School of History SoH, College of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences COHASS, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. His main area of work has been Southeast Asian history, with a special focus on colonialism in Southeast Asia. His recent works include 'Data Collecting in Colonial Southeast Asia: Framing the Other' (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) and 'Before the Pivot: America's Encounters with Southeast Asia 1800-1900' (Amsterdam University Press, 2019).

Plenary Panel Presentation (2020) | Education in Southeast Asia: Crossroads of Geopolitics, Economic Development and Democracy
Haruko Satoh
Osaka University, Japan

Biography

Haruko Satoh is Specially Appointed Professor at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), where she teaches Japan’s relations with Asia and identity in international relations. She is also co-director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre and she was previously part of the MEXT Reinventing Japan project on “Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA)” with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities.

In the past she has worked at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Chatham House, and Gaiko Forum. Her interests are primarily in state theory, Japanese nationalism and identity politics. Recent publications include: “China in Japan’s Nation-state Identity” in James DJ Brown & Jeff Kingston (eds) Japan’s Foreign Relations in Asia (Routledge, 2018); “Japan’s ‘Postmodern’ Possibility with China: A View from Kansai” in Lam Peng Er (ed), China-Japan Relations in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017); “Rethinking Security in Japan: In Search of a Post-‘Postwar’ Narrative” in Jain & Lam (Eds.), Japan’s Strategic Challenges in a Changing Regional Environment (World Scientific, 2012); “Through the Looking-glass: China’s Rise as Seen from Japan”, (co-authored with Toshiya Hoshino), Journal of Asian Public Policy, 5(2), 181–198, (July 2012); “Post- 3.11 Japan: A Matter of Restoring Trust?”, ISPI Analysis No. 83 (December 2011); “Legitimacy Deficit in Japan: The Road to True Popular Sovereignty” in Kane, Loy & Patapan (Eds.), Political Legitimacy in Asia: New Leadership Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), “Japan: Re-engaging with China Meaningfully” in Tang, Li & Acharya (eds), Living with China: Regional States and China through Crises and Turning Points, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Professor Satoh is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. She is Chair of the Politics, Law & International Relations section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Plenary Panel Presentation (2020) | Education in Southeast Asia: Crossroads of Geopolitics, Economic Development and Democracy
Lowell Sheppard
HOPE International Development Agency Japan

Biography

Lowell Sheppard is an author, speaker, a social entrepreneur, a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, husband, father, a long-distance cyclist, and wanna-be Sailor.

Lowell has spent his entire adult life working with established Non-Government Organizations (also known as non-profit societies) and in several NGO start-ups. As Founder of HOPE International Development Agency Japan and Asia Pacific twenty years ago, Lowell has seen the growth of HOPE to be in the top 2 % of charitable organizations in Japan with the coveted “nentai” certified tax-deductible status.

Lowell has served for the last twenty years as an informal advisor to companies and boards in the area of ethical decision making and thought leadership with a focus on community legacy.

He has dedicated much of his life to social and environmental improvement projects.

Today, Lowell is often asked to speak on Ethics and Philosophy, Social Enterprise, CSR, Sustainability, and subjects related to his various books.

Featured Presentation (2020) | From South East Asian Classrooms to the Middle of the North Pacific!
Victor Teo
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Biography

Victor Teo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Hong Kong and is concurrently Affiliated Faculty with the China Studies Program and Korean Studies Program at the university. He received his B.Soc.Sci. (Hons.) from the National University of Singapore. He subsequently trained as a lawyer and was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple, UK. He received his MSc and PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His primary research interest lies in the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, as well as the culture, politics and society of China, Japan and the Koreas.

Plenary Panel Presentation (2020) | Education in Southeast Asia: Crossroads of Geopolitics, Economic Development and Democracy
Lam Peng Er
East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Biography

Dr Lam Peng Er, a political scientist, obtained his PhD from Columbia University. His publications have appeared in international journals such as the Pacific Affairs, Asian Survey, Asian Affairs, Japan Forum and Government and Opposition: An International Journal of Comparative Politics. Lam's latest single-authored book is Japan's Peace Building Diplomacy in Asia: Searching for an Active Political Role (New York and London: Routledge, 2009). Other books include: Japan’s Relations with Southeast Asia: The Fukuda Doctrine and Beyond (London and New York: Routledge, 2013) edited, Japan's Relations with China: Facing a Rising Power (New York and London: Routledge, 2006) edited and Green Politics in Japan (London: Routledge, 1999). He is an executive editor of the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (A Journal of the Japan Association of International Relations published by Oxford University Press) and Asian Journal of Peacebuilding (Journal of the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University).

Plenary Panel Presentation (2020) | Education in Southeast Asia: Crossroads of Geopolitics, Economic Development and Democracy
Lynette Swee Hian Goh
Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore

Biography

Lynette Goh works at Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University (SMU) where she connects with companies globally to explore collaboration opportunities. A highly experienced and versatile professional who has worked through the full spectrum of customer service from front end to operations and technology and business development from telecommunications, banking and finance, consultancy to the service industry, Lynette joined SMU in 2016 as a member of the Postgraduate Career Services International Business Development Team.

Prior to her role at SMU, Lynette was Head of Technology Training, Communications and Vendor Management at a global bank where she supported technology teams in Asia, overseeing staffing and training strategy of technology resources who were focused on building global banking platforms. Her main responsibility centers on relationship and performance management of strategic partners and service providers, implementing technology outsourcing strategies and contracts management.

For the past 28 years, Lynette has carved out a career across industries such as travel, telecommunications, consulting and banking. Her experience includes roles in customer experience, relationship management and training. Her current role at the Postgraduate Business Partnerships Department includes recruitment of postgraduate students, opening up employment opportunities and expanding the number of internships for SMU postgraduate students around the region.

Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Biography

Joseph Haldane is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s research and teaching is on history, politics, international affairs and international education, as well as governance and decision making. Since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and is Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within Osaka University.

A Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance, Dr Haldane is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade (Serbia), a Visiting Professor at the School of Business at Doshisha University (Japan), where he teaches Ethics and Governance on the MBA programme, and a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Education (USA), collaborating on the development of the Global PhD programme.

Dr Haldane has given invited lectures and presentations to universities and conferences around the world, including at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and advised universities, NGOs and governments on issues relating to international education policy, public-private partnerships, and multi-stakeholder forums. He was the project lead on the 2019 Kansai Resilience Forum, held by the Japanese Government through the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Office in collaboration with IAFOR.

From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.

Barbara Lockee
Virginia Tech., USA

Biography

Dr Barbara Lockee is Professor of Instructional Design and Technology at Virginia Tech, USA, where she is also Associate Director of the School of Education and Associate Director of Educational Research and Outreach. She teaches courses in instructional design, message design, and distance education. Her research interests focus on instructional design issues related to technology-mediated learning. She has published more than 80 papers in academic journals, conferences and books, and has presented her scholarly work at over 90 national and international conferences.

Dr Lockee is Immediate Past President of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, an international professional organisation for educational technology researchers and practitioners. She earned her PhD in 1996 from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction (Instructional Technology), MA in 1991 from Appalachian State University in Curriculum and Instruction (Educational Media), and BA in 1986 from Appalachian State University in Communication Arts.

Farish Noor
Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Biography

Dr Farish A. Noor is Associate Professor at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and also the School of History SoH, College of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences COHASS, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. His main area of work has been Southeast Asian history, with a special focus on colonialism in Southeast Asia. His recent works include 'Data Collecting in Colonial Southeast Asia: Framing the Other' (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) and 'Before the Pivot: America's Encounters with Southeast Asia 1800-1900' (Amsterdam University Press, 2019).

Plenary Panel Presentation (2020) | Education in Southeast Asia: Crossroads of Geopolitics, Economic Development and Democracy
Justin Sanders
Temple University, Japan Campus

Biography

Justin Sanders is the Director of Temple University Japan's Continuing Education Program, one of Japan's oldest and largest providers of personal and professional development courses. With over 14 years in the international and higher education sectors, before coming to Japan, he served as a Research Specialist and Global Recognition Manager for the International Baccalaureate, a leading global provider of international education programs and assessments. Prior, he spent several years supporting good governance in community colleges around the United States with the Association of Community College Trustees, and served a two year tour as a US Peace Corps Education Volunteer working at a rural primary and secondary school in Azerbaijan. Justin received his undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Arizona and his MA in International Education from the George Washington University. He completed his doctoral studies and earned his PhD in Education from the Graduate School of Human Sciences at Osaka University, Japan, where his research focused on international strategy development at comprehensive research universities in East Asia.

Haruko Satoh
Osaka University, Japan

Biography

Haruko Satoh is Specially Appointed Professor at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), where she teaches Japan’s relations with Asia and identity in international relations. She is also co-director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre and she was previously part of the MEXT Reinventing Japan project on “Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA)” with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities.

In the past she has worked at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Chatham House, and Gaiko Forum. Her interests are primarily in state theory, Japanese nationalism and identity politics. Recent publications include: “China in Japan’s Nation-state Identity” in James DJ Brown & Jeff Kingston (eds) Japan’s Foreign Relations in Asia (Routledge, 2018); “Japan’s ‘Postmodern’ Possibility with China: A View from Kansai” in Lam Peng Er (ed), China-Japan Relations in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017); “Rethinking Security in Japan: In Search of a Post-‘Postwar’ Narrative” in Jain & Lam (Eds.), Japan’s Strategic Challenges in a Changing Regional Environment (World Scientific, 2012); “Through the Looking-glass: China’s Rise as Seen from Japan”, (co-authored with Toshiya Hoshino), Journal of Asian Public Policy, 5(2), 181–198, (July 2012); “Post- 3.11 Japan: A Matter of Restoring Trust?”, ISPI Analysis No. 83 (December 2011); “Legitimacy Deficit in Japan: The Road to True Popular Sovereignty” in Kane, Loy & Patapan (Eds.), Political Legitimacy in Asia: New Leadership Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), “Japan: Re-engaging with China Meaningfully” in Tang, Li & Acharya (eds), Living with China: Regional States and China through Crises and Turning Points, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Professor Satoh is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. She is Chair of the Politics, Law & International Relations section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Plenary Panel Presentation (2020) | Education in Southeast Asia: Crossroads of Geopolitics, Economic Development and Democracy
Wee Liang Tan
Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore

Biography

Dr Wee Liang Tan is Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Singapore Management University (SMU).

Dr Wee Liang Tan joined SMU in 1999 as a member of the Core Planning Team of the then new university, SMU, when he developed the predecessor offices of the present day Office of Student Life and Office of Career Services. He joined academe beginning his career with the Faculty of Accountancy and Business Administration at the National University of Singapore in 1985. Prior to SMU, he had served as sub-dean, vice-dean and director of the Entrepreneurship Development Centre at NTU.

His current research interests lie in the domains of entrepreneurship, family business, international cooperation and corporate governance. His initial research was in law as he began his career as a law professor, when he had publications in the Malayan Law Review. He has since moved into entrepreneurship research. He has published in the Journal of International Business Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Family Business Review, Journal of High Technology Management Research, and Journal of Business Research. In addition to journal publications, he has co-authored Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development in Asia (2001) and edited a number of books. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Small Business Management, International Entrepreneurship and Management Research, and Small Business Research.

He has served as national expert for entrepreneurship and SMEs for APEC, Asian Productivity Organization, the Colombo Plan Secretariat and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

He holds degrees from The National University of Singapore (LLB), Cambridge University (LLM), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MSc) and Eindhoven University of Technology (PhD).

Zachary Walker
University College London, UK

Biography

Dr Zachary Walker is an academic, author, and speaker. In 2018, Zachary joined the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IOE) as an Associate Professor. At IOE, Zachary currently serves in the Department of Psychology and Human Development as the Programme Leader for Graduate Programs in Special Education and International Inclusive Leadership. Prior to joining IOE, Zachary was a faculty member at the National Institute of Education in Singapore from 2013-2018, where he served as a leader in Pedagogical Development and Innovation and on the 21st Century Teaching and Learning Framework taskforce. He was named a Think College Emerging Scholar (2012), as well as a Millennium Milestone Maker by the World Academy for the Future of Women (2015). He was awarded the John Cheung Social Media Award for Innovation in Teaching and Pedagogy (2015), and was nominated for the Wharton School Reimagine Education Awards (2016). Zachary's current work focuses on educational neuroscience, mobile technology, and leadership. He has delivered talks to education leaders and higher education faculty in North America, Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.