Speakers

Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


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
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.

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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.

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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.

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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