Prof. Cheng Yin Cheong (EdD, Harvard)

The Education University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Keynote Title: Towards the 3rd Wave Education Reforms for the Future


Professor Yin Cheong CHENG is Emeritus Chair Professor of Leadership and Change and Academic Advisor, The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). Previously he was Vice-President (Research and Development) and acting President, The Hong Kong Institute of Education. He was also the President of World Educational Research Association (WERA) (2012-2014) and the President of Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA) (2004-2008). He had served as a full member of the University Grants Committee, a panel member of Research Grants Council, and a member of the Quality Education Fund Steering Committee of the Hong Kong SAR Government. He is also the chairman of the Tin Ka Ping Foundation’s advisory board.

Prof. Cheng holds a doctorate from Harvard University. His research interest includes education reform, leadership, paradigm shift, teacher education, higher education, and school management reform. Prof. Cheng has published 25 academic books and over 250 book chapters and journal articles in Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, Mainland, Netherlands, Germany, Slovenia, Israel, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, and UK. Some of his publications have been translated into Chinese, Hebrew, Korean, Spanish, Czech, Thai and Persian languages. He was the editor in chief of the Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education and Development (1998-2003). He is at present serving on the advisory boards of 17 international journals. He is also the associate editor of the International Journal of Educational Management (UK). He has a H-Index of 42.

In past years Prof. Cheng has also been invited to give over 125 keynote/plenary presentations by national and international organizations such as APEC, UNESCO, UNICEF, ICER, ICSEI(Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, & China), International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), Ford Foundation (US, Africa), World Bank, SEAMEO RIHED (with Chulalongkorn University), AIAER, NIEPA and NCERT (India), ONEC/OEC (Thailand), AERA (USA), ACEA (Australia), NIER (Japan), Ministry of Education of Israel, Ministry of Education of Malaysia (with University of Malaya), iAPED (Korea), Scandinavian-Pacific Conference (Sweden), International Seminar (Erfurt, Germany), ICTED (Philippine), International Society of Teacher Education, Singapore Educational Research Association, Japanese Society for the Studies on Teacher Education, and Chinese Educational Research Association (Taiwan).

Prof. Cheng’s research has won him a number of international awards and recognition including the Awards for Excellence from the Literati Network in UK from 1995 to 2008. In 2008, he was awarded as the Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association in recognition of his excellent contribution to educational research in the Region. He has served as panel member, external examiner or reviewer for local and international universities and research institutions. He has been invited to provide consultancy services to national and international projects in Brunei Darussalam, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Korea, Mainland China, Netherlands, Macao, and Thailand.

Prof. Cheng has very fruitful experiences in organizing and conducting leadership development programs, seminars and workshops for local and international principals and education leaders particularly to implement educational reforms in the past decades. He has been very interested in watercolor painting since the end of 1960s and had five invited personal exhibitions in 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2014. He was invited by the Hong Kong Museum of Art to conduct art seminars.


Ms. Duriya Amatavivat

Deputy Permanent Secretary for Education
Ministry of Education of Thailand

Keynote Title: Thai Education in Digital Age


At present, Ms. Duriya Amatavivat is the Deputy Permanent Secretary for Education at the Ministry of Education of Thailand.  She is currently responsible for overseeing 5 agencies under the Ministry, comprising Office of the Private Education Commission, Bureau of International Cooperation, Bureau of Educational Activity Promotion, Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Thailand to UNESCO and Anti-Corruption Centre. These wide-ranging roles and responsibilities require great leadership and team management skills.

Immediately prior to this, she assumed several key positions, including Inspector General for Education, Director-General of Regional Education Offices, Acting Deputy Permanent Delegate in the Permanent Delegation of the Kingdom of Thailand to UNESCO at Paris in the Republic of France. In over 20 years of service with the Ministry, she has accumulated extensive experience and has made a significant contribution in the areas of overall development of education and in particular, international collaboration in education. She was an English major at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts. She also graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Old Dominion University in the United States of America.


Dr. Fida Sanjakdar Monash University Australia

Dr. Fida Sanjakdar

Monash University,

Speech Title:  Podcasts and Film Making: How Australian researchers are engaging in innovative research to support socially isolated young people


 Dr Fida Sanjakdar is from the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia. Her PhD Dissertation focussed on the intersections between Islamic religion, Islamic culture and sexuality education. For the last decade, she has researched the inner curriculum and pedagogical workings of Australian Islamic schools and collaborated with both national and international scholars on the intersections between Muslim youth, critical sexuality education, religion and culture.
She has published in top rating journals which span disciplinary fields such as sexuality, culture, religion, psychology, sociology, curriculum, pedagogy, controversial and sensitive topics, ethics education, youth studies and health. She is the author of ‘Living West, Facing East: The (de)construction of Muslim Youth Sexual Identities’ (2011, Peter Lang, NY) and more recently co-editor of ‘Critical Pedagogy, Sexuality Education and Young People’ (2018, Peter Lang, NY) with Professor Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip (University of Nottingham). She has been awarded the prestigious Discovery Project Grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC) investigating cultural and religious diversity in sexuality education along with Australian and New Zealand scholars. More recently she has been awarded a joint Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Australian Indonesian Institute Grant on ‘Islamic Schooling in Australia and Indonesia’.
Dr Sanjakdar is currently working on two research projects: 1) Investigating the development of Australian Muslim identities in Islamic schools and 2) Effective pedagogies in the teaching of controversial and real world ethical issues in both Australian Islamic schools and non-Islamic (government or public) school settings.
Dr Sanjakdar is on the editorial board of 5 high rating journals: ‘Race, Ethnicity and Education’; ‘Curriculum Inquiry’, ‘Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education’; ‘Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies’ and ‘The International Journal of Teaching and Learning’.

Dr. Edward Roy Krishnan

Dr. Edward Roy Krishnan

President, European International University (EIU),
Managing Director, Bangkok School of Management,

Speech Title: “Education Technology (Edutech) using the Blockchain: The Case of Pedagog & Its Digital Token, LOL”


Having been involved in training for more than 15 years as a Certified Trainer (WEA, Australia), Dr. Krishnan incorporates and applies his unique passion in psychology to a wide range of managerial practices. He has lectured and trained hundreds of professionals around the world, in the field of industrial psychology, organizational behavior and culture, group dynamics and team building, effective communication and conflict resolution, effective decision-making and problem solving, as well as leadership development.

Currently, he serves as the Managing Director of one of the most employment-relevant international training institutions in Thailand, the first and only U.K. accredited for all of its programmes and certification. He also serves at the board of Executive Professional Training Centre, Malaysia, as its Vice-Chairman, as well as consulting Director of Academics and Business Development. He has published 4 books and hundreds of articles in the Bangkok Post – one of the only two English language news daily in Thailand, for four consecutive years in a row.

Dr. Krishnan’s experience includes managing and positively influencing professionals at large progressive education entities such as Wells International School, Wells International Kindergarten, Bangkok School of Management, Myanmar Metropolitan College, University of Business & International Studies, Asia Pacific International University, Assumption University, and the University of Winnipeg, where he handled more than 500 international colleagues and/or employees with wide range of background, abilities and preferences – using his balanced approach integrating psychology into important management ethos, he is able to create and share innovative and highly effective solutions to counter sophisticated interpersonal issues and successfully resolve human interaction problems in all its complexities and dynamics.

He was recently acknowledged and recognized for his outstanding management, leadership and entrepreneurship skills – having received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges, and Universities, ASIC, UK. To date, he has trained more than 5,000 professionals worldwide, in the area of people development, and creation of winning teams.

Dr. Edward Roy Krishnan

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chatree Faikhamta

Kasetsart University

Speech Title: “Classroom Action Research for Innovative Teachers”


Chatree Faikhamta is an Associate Professor at Faculty of Education, Kasetsart University, Thailand. Before completing his Ph.D. in science education, he received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and a graduate diploma in teaching chemistry. His career path is typical of most other science teacher educators in the context of Thai educational system who were trying to help science teachers shift to a constructivist-based teaching approach from the traditional didactic teaching that formed the historical landscape of teaching in the country. He has taught a full range of undergraduate and graduate courses in science education such as chemistry methods course, research design in science education, science teacher professional development, etc. His research areas focus on STEM education, pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), and action research. He has given several invited/plenary talks at workshops and international conferences. He has received several important recognitions to his research career, including KU Young Research Star by Kasetsart University. Chatree directed the nationally funded Developing PCK-based professional development program for prospective science teachers and their school supervisors. He is involved in collaborative research in many countries such as Canada, Japan, Korea, Spain, Taiwan and UK.

Dr. Mohd. AL Taher

Dr. Mohd. AL Taher

Associate Dean
Ajman University

Speech Title: “ The Effect of Video Recording in Micro-Teaching Activities on Preparing Female Students in Teacher Education Programs in the GCC countries ”


Dr. Mohd Elmagzoub Eltahir, is an Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Educational Technology, Education Department, College of Humanities and Sciences at Ajman University. He Holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology. Dr. Eltahir Began his Career as a Public School IT Teacher. He Also Served as IT Educational Supervisor in the Ministry of Education, U.A.E. He Received his B.Sc. in Computer Science from U.A.E University in 1993, his Master Degree in Education Technology from The University of Southern Queensland-Australia in 2003, and his Doctorate in Education Technology from Khartoum University – Sudan in 2007.

Dr. Eltahir Performs Scientific Research in E-Learning, Blended Learning, Educational Technology, and Multimedia in Education and has Presented and Published Most of his Papers at Professional International Conferences and Scientific Journals. He Teaches Education Courses at Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs. Furthermore, he has Significant Consultancy Experience in the Fields of Using Technology in Education, in Different Schools in U.A.E. He Received the Sharjah Award for Excellence in Education in 2009.