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Speakers at 17TH UNESCO-APEID INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, 29-30-31-October-2014, Bangkok, Thailand

Gwang-Jo Kim

Director, UNESCO Bangkok, Thailand

An education expert, Gwang-Jo Kim has worked in various capacities for the Government of the Republic of Korea. As the Deputy Minister of Education and Human Resources Development, he initiated the Global Human Resources Forum aimed at providing an international platform for sharing information, knowledge and best practices in human resources issues among leaders. He also worked in the Office of the President of the Republic of Korea where he played a key role in an education reform that contributed to the restructuring of the entire Korean educational system. From 2001 to 2003, he was seconded as a senior education specialist to the World Bank working mainly in the Latin American and Caribbean regions. He served as a professor at the Graduate School of Education at Keimyung University in Korea before joining UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Asia and the Pacific in early 2009. Mr. Kim has a Bachelor’ degree in Public Administration from Korea University. He also holds a Master’s degree and Doctor of Education in Economics of Education from Harvard University in USA.

Koji Tawara

First Secretary, Japanese Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Koji Tawara joined the Embassy of Japan in Thailand in 2012 as the First Secretary (Education). Prior to this assignment, he served in various positions, including the Deputy Director of the Scientific Research Institutes Division, Research Promotion Bureau in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT); Deputy Secretary General of the Planning Promotion Section in Ishikawa Prefecture; Director of the Higher Education Promotion Office in Ishikawa Prefecture; Deputy Director of the Private Education Institution Management Division, Higher Education Bureau in MEXT; Unit Chief of the Copyright Division, Agency for Cultural Affairs; and the Unit Chief of the Intellectual Property Policy Office, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, among many others.

Chaiyosh Imsuwan

Inspector-General, Ministry of Education, Thailand

Chaiyosh Imsuwan is the Inspector-General of Ministry of Education, Office of the Permanent Secretary for Education. He has been engaging in Thailand’s non-formal and informal education, especially in planning, policy and curriculum development at both the ministerial level and the Office of the Non-Formal and Informal Education (ONIE) level as the former Deputy Secretary-General of ONIE. He led the development of Non-formal Basic Education Curriculum B.E.2551 (2008), in addition to performing duties as a senior member in various committees for the relevant organizations such as Office of the Basic Education Commission, Office of the Education Council, Office of the Permanent Secretary for Education and Prime Minister's Office.

H.E. Br Armin Luistro FSC

Secretary, Department of Education, Philippines

Born in Lipa City, Batangas, Br. Armin finished his elementary and high school education at De La Salle Lipa, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Letters at De La Salle University, Manila. In this same university, he earned his Master’s Degree in Religious Education and Values Education. His Doctor of Educational Management degree was completed at the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City. He was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters (honoris causa) by La Salle University in Philadelphia, USA. A true-green La Salle boy, he has now pledged to see to the education concerns of every Filipino child of every school colour and affiliation. Br. Armin served various other non-La Salle institutions as Board trustee, chairperson, or director, such as the Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP), the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), the ASEAN University Network (AUN), Assumption College, the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL), and the SIDHAY Foundation for street children, to name a few of his many involvements. He has given countless speeches on education, university development, stewardship, responding to national crises, and networking, among others. Recently, he was awarded as an Outstanding Manilan for Advocacy on Social Consciousness by the City of Manila.

Kai-ming Cheng

Chair Professor of Education and Senior Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor, University of Hong Kong

Kai-ming Cheng is Chair Professor of Education at the University of Hong Kong. He is Director of Education Policy Unit at the Faculty of Education. He was Dean of Education, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Senior Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor of the University. He taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education as Visiting Professor 1996-2007. Trained as a mathematician, he was a school teacher and a principal before he pursued doctoral study at the London Institute of Education. His research started with education in rural China. His current attention is on the fundamental changes in society and their challenges to education, and therefore the attention to learning as the core business of education. He has undertaken various projects related to policy-making, legislation and institutional evaluation in many jurisdictions. He has been consultant with the World Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP and the Asian Development Bank. Recently, he is also involved in discussions about education reforms in the US. Currently, he is member of the National Advisory Committee on Curriculum Reform in China. Locally he is member of the Education Commission and was instrumental in the comprehensive reform which started 1999. He chaired the Advisory Committee on Teacher Education and Qualifications 2002-2008, and is Chairman of the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research. He also chairs the Hong Kong Regional Advisory Committee for PISA 2015. He writes a column in Hong Kong Economic Journal Daily, Shanghai Education and Escuela (Spain).

Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid

Deputy President/Deputy Vice Chancellor, INTI-UC Laureate International Universities, Malaysia

Professor Datuk Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid is the Deputy President/Deputy Vice Chancellor of INTI-UC Laureate International Universities and Professor of Management, Education and the Social Sciences. Dr. Ibrahim was the first Director of UNESCO-Regional Center for Educational Planning at Al Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. For more than two and a half decades, he has been a key figure in the field of educational management and leadership in Malaysia. He is a prolific writer as well as an editor and editorial advisor for several educational journals, locally and internationally. Dr. Ibrahim exercises many leadership roles and has provided services as a consultant in policy-making governmental committees, private sector and non-government organizations. He is the National Advisor/Consultant for Asia-Europe Initiative on Lifelong Learning in Malaysia and is currently engaged in several research project, apart from supervising Masters and Doctoral scholars. He has been involved in the National Accreditation Board and Malaysian Qualifications Agency processes both as practitioner and as a member of the wider policy making community.

Fatimah Kelleher

Social Development and Equalities Consultant, United Kingdom

Fatimah Kelleher is a social development consultant and women’s rights advocate with fourteen years international experience working on gender and other equality issues through education, economic empowerment, and health. As an educationalist, Fatimah has worked widely on universal basic provision, including girl-child access and retention, strategic approaches for adolescent girls, boys’ underachievement, reaching marginalized communities, education in small states, and on the teaching profession. Fatimah also specializes in pro-poor economic growth and women’s economic empowerment. This includes focus on gender and trade policy, women’s employment, market access, access to finance, and enterprise development. She has worked with a variety of stakeholders, including the Commonwealth Secretariat, UN agencies, national governments, international NGOs, and local civil society, and has worked in several countries including Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, Liberia, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Guyana and India. She is published in several areas, including on teacher deployment, education for nomadic communities, boys’ underachievement, and on women and the teaching profession.

Paitoon Sinlarat

Vice President for Research and Dean of College of Education Sciences, Dhurakit Pundit University and President, Teachers’ Council, Thailand

Paitoon Sinlarat is the Vice President for Research and Dean of College of Education Sciences, Dhurakit Pundit University. He is also President of Teachers’ Council of Thailand. He received his B.Ed. and M.Ed. degrees in Education from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He has conducted research mostly on history and philosophy of Thai education. His recent publications include Creative and Productive Higher Education, Redesigning Thai Teacher Education: Creative and Productive Teacher Education, ASEAN Teachers’ Professional Standards, 21st Century Skills: Must Overcome the Trap of the West.

Gregory Perez

Design Director at IDEO Asia (China and Japan)

Greg is a strategic storyteller whose craft spans brand strategy, digital experience, service design, communications design and education. His work at IDEO has included accelerating startups in Tokyo, building internal innovation capabilities for Australian corporations, repositioning multinational apparel brands for India, rethinking governmental service design in Singapore and rethinking the future of English education in China. At the heart of his craft is the ability to translate human experiences and insights into business impact through compelling, vivid stories which connect products to people. He is also passionate about teaching Design Thinking, and has worked closely with many educational organizations around the world such as Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland; The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Tecnólogico de Monterrey in Mexico; Tongji University and China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, China.

Martin James

Assistant General Manager, Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)

Martin is currently Assistant General Manager at the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). He works in the area of teacher quality and practice with a focus on improvement and innovation. He has responsibility for the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework and the Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders. Prior to joining AITSL Martin held several principal positions in New Zealand as well as undertaking a range of facilitator roles including supporting schools with implementing professional standards for teachers and principals, mentoring first time principals and managing ICT professional development clusters. Martin has also worked in Qatar supporting the establishment of independent public schools as well as the registration, accreditation and licencing body for their Supreme Education Council.

Zhao Yuchi

Programme Specialist and Administration Officer of UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED), Beijing (Beijing Normal University)

Zhao Yuchi is a programme specialist and the administration officer of UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED) which is based in Beijing (Beijing Normal University). He designed and started the project on teacher education in INRULED. Before joining INRULED, he worked in the International Department of Ministry of Education of China for 7 years, with 2 years on international cooperation and exchanges in education and 5 years as the project manager of China-UK Southwest Basic Education Project, with a grant of 23.7 million pounds from UK government. For three years from 2001 to 2004, he worked as a research assistant in Research and Training Centre for Literacy Education, Southwest University. He has a doctor degree in education and finished his post-doctoral study on Support System for Rural Teachers’ Continuing Professional Development in 2013.

Maurizio Bussi

Director, Decent Work Technical Support Team, International Labour Organization, Thailand

Mr. Maurizio Bussi is an international diplomat with twenty years of service with the United Nations system. He has been involved in complex development and humanitarian operations at the UN Headquarters, in the Middle East and in Asia. Mr. Bussi started his United Nations career in the early 1990s in the Department of Peace Keeping Operations at the UN Headquarters in New York, Geneva, Gaza, Jerusalem, New Delhi and Beirut. His technical work at ILO's Headquarters in Geneva concentrated on core ILO issues such as child labour legislation and working conditions initiatives. In March 2012, Mr Bussi was appointed Director of the ILO's Decent Work Technical Support Team for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific based in Bangkok. Prior to joining the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, he served as Deputy Regional Director for the Arab States in Beirut form 2007 to 2012. Mr Bussi had been serving from 2001 to 2005 as Deputy Director of the ILO Sub-Regional Office in New Delhi covering South Asian countries, Afghanistan and Iran. Mr. Bussi holds a degree in Political Sciences from the University of Pavia in Italy, a Master in International Relations from the Institute for International Policies (ISPI) in Milan and a Master of Arts from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at TUFTS University, Boston, USA.

Dennis Sinyolo

Senior Coordinator, Education and Employment, Education International, Belgium

Dr. Dennis Sinyolo is in charge of EI’s education and employment portfolio, including EFA, school leadership and the Quality Educators for All project. He is a member of the Commonwealth Teachers’ Group (CTG); the Commonwealth Advisory Council on Teacher Recruitment, Mobility and Migration; the Global Unions Working Group on Migration; UNESCO’s EFA Global Monitoring Report (GMR) Advisory Board and represents EI on the Steering Committee of the International Task Force on Teachers for EFA and the Global Partnership for Education’s Strategy and Policy Committee. Dr. Sinyolo has written several papers and publications on education and holds a doctorate in Education Management from the University of South Africa.

Rangsun Wiboonuppatum

Chief of Education Section, UNICEF Thailand Country Office

Dr. Rangsun Wiboonuppatum has been working with UNICEF since 2007, and has been overseeing and supporting various educational development projects; multi-grade teaching and learning, mother-tongue-based/multi-lingual education, life skilled education, education for disadvantage groups of children including the educational reform efforts in Thailand. Prior to joining UNICEF as the Chief of Education section, in additional to his teaching experience at primary levels, he was also an educator at district, provincial and Ministry of Education levels in total for 23 years, implementing various projects related to ICT in education, for instance Intel Teach (Intel), Partner in Learning (Microsoft), ThinkQuest (Oracle). In addition, he was a consultant for UNESCO on teacher education development programme monitoring and evaluation, and a consultant for World Vision for Thailand on Disaster Risk Reduction in education. During his Ph.D study, he worked as an evaluation specialist at the Leon County School, Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He also served as thesis and dissertation committee for many universities both Thailand and oversea universities, a national ICT coordinator to strengthen the ICT for school and ASEAN school net project and members of professional associations, i.e. American Evaluation Associations. He has a Ph.D in an International/Intercultural Development Education Program from Florida State University, Master of Education in Measurement and Evaluation from Khon Kean University and Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education (1st Class Honour) from Khon Kean University.

Sabrina Ongkiko

Teacher, Culiat Elementary School, Quezon City, Philippines

Sabrina Ongkiko is a public school teacher at Culiat Elementary School, Philippines. She finished her Master of Education from the University of Melbourne as an Australia Leadership Awardee and received the John and Elizabeth Robertson prize for Best Research Essay in Education. She earned her Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore, as part of the Leaders and Educators in Asia Programme. She was a Biology graduate from Ateneo de Manila University and served for a year as a Jesuit Volunteer. She is a 2014 awardee of the Many Faces of the Teacher given by the Bato Balani Foundation and won the Best Teacher award by the Department of Education – National Capital Region. Sabrina heads a teacher community called "Kape't Guro" and advocates for teacher empowerment through telling stories – encouraging and opening doors for other teachers to reflect on, articulate, and share their own stories.

Tinsiri Siribodhi

Deputy Director, Administration and Communication, SEAMEO Secretariat, Thailand

Tinsiri Siribodhi is currently the Deputy Director (Administration and Communication) at SEAMEO (the Southeast Asian Minister of Education Organization). Before joining SEAMEO, she was with the UNESCO Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, ICT in Education and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) units. In addition to her current work at SEAMEO, she serves an executive committee of the Information Technology Project under the Initiative of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Siridhorn of Thailand. The project focuses on using ICT to improve the quality of life for the disadvantage groups of students and community in the remote areas in Thailand. She once served as the Director of the Information Technology Center at St. John’s Group of Institutions, Thailand. Prior to that, she worked at the School of Education, University of Kansas, USA, as an instructor and Manager of the Educational Computing Lab. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational technology from University of Kansas, USA. Her areas of interest are in regional cooperation (particularly for Southeast Asia), education for sustainable development and ICT for Education and Development.

Sheldon Shaeffer

Consultant and Former Director of UNESCO Bangkok, Thailand

Sheldon Shaeffer was the Director of UNESCO's Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok for seven years. A citizen of Canada, he was educated in history (B.A.), anthropology (M.A.), and comparative international education (Ph.D.) at Stanford University. He has taught, done research, and worked in development programmes in Southeast Asia for over 30 years – as a teacher in Malaysia, an anthropologist and an education programme officer for the Ford Foundation in Indonesia, and the regional education advisor for UNICEF in Bangkok. He was for 10 years the Director of Education and Population Programmes for the International Development Research Centre in Canada and was a senior research fellow at the International Institute for Educational Planning (UNESCO) in Paris. Before moving back to Bangkok, he was head of UNICEF's education programme in New York for three years.

Yong Hak Lee

Director, Teacher Welfare and Training Division, Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea

Dr. Yong Hak Lee is a Director of Teacher Welfare and Training department at the Ministry of Education in the Republic of Korea. He completed his Ph.D. at the Florida State University in the United States. His major was Adult Education and Human Resource Development (HRD). His research interests are adult education, teacher professional development programme, and improving competitiveness for higher education in research. He has been working for the Ministry for more than 15 years. So, he has a rich variety of work experience in education area including educational information policy, educational facility financing, enhancing research capacity in higher education, and but not limited to teacher preparation policy.

Maki Hayashikawa

Chief, Section of Learning and Teachers, UNESCO, France

Maki Hayashikawa is the Chief of the Section of Learning and Teachers in the Division for Teaching, Learning and Content, based in UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. She has more than 20 years of development experience in the areas of education, early childhood care and education and gender, with 15 years of her work being in the Asia-Pacific region with UNESCO, UNICEF and JICA. As Section Chief, she is currently responsible for UNESCO’s global programme on teacher education and development, which focuses on teacher policy support and institutional capacity building of teacher training institutions. She holds a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, an MA in Education Planning from the Institute of Education, University of London, and an MEd in Early Childhood Education from South Australia University. She is currently pursuing her EdD degree with the National Institute of Education, Singapore, with a focus on the status of female teachers.

David Gibson

Director of Learning Engagement at Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Associate Professor David Gibson received his Ed.D. from the University of Vermont in Leadership and Policy Studies in 1999. His foundational research demonstrated the feasibility of bridging from qualitative information to quantifiable dynamic relationships in complex models that verify trajectories of organizational change. He is creator of simSchool, a classroom flight simulator for preparing educators, and eFolio an online performance-based assessment system, and provides thought leadership as a researcher, professor, learning scientist and innovator. At local governmental levels, he has worked with schools and organizations on leadership and strategic thinking, for example, mapping over one million student records onto a geographic picture of student performance and educational opportunities in ten major U.S. cities. At statewide and national levels he has contributed to public policy awareness, for example, through analysis of the ‘least restrictive environment’ placements of students in special education across the United States. In these projects, he consults with project and system leaders, formulates strategies, and helps people articulate their vision for innovation; then helps connect people with the resources needed to fulfill their aspirations.

Libing Wang

Chief, APEID, UNESCO Bangkok

Libing Wang is the APEID Coordinator and Senior Programme Specialist in Higher Education in the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education. Prior to joining UNESCO, he was Assistant President and Professor of Comparative Education at Zhejiang University, People’s Republic of China. He had served as the Director of UNESCO-APEID Associated Centre at Zhejiang University for more than ten years. He was the Secretary of the Global University Network for Innovation: Asia and the Pacific (GUNI-AP) from 2002 to 2012, and had coordinated the operation of the regional network since its inception in 2002. He was a member of the Asia-Pacific regional follow-up committee to the 1998 World Conference on Higher Education and a long-time consultant to the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO. Mr. Wang received his doctoral degree in Comparative Education in 1994 at Hangzhou University, People’s Republic of China. He was a visiting fellow at the University of Sussex and University of Warwick in the United Kingdom in the early and late 1990s. He published widely in the areas of comparative education, higher education policies, and teacher education.