Editorial Team

Editorial team

 

Editorial Team

Editor-in-Chief

 

Dr Jürgen Rudolph

Jürgen is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Partner Liaison with Kaplan Singapore. A passionate educationist, Jürgen has more than 20 years of Higher Education teaching experience. His current focus areas are Knowledge Management, International Management, Entrepreneurship and Business Research Methods. Jürgen has four postgraduate degrees: MA & PhD qualifications from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany); an MBA from the University of Louisville (Kentucky, USA); and an M.Ed. from University of Adelaide (Australia); and he also holds a Specialist Diploma in Applied Learning and Teaching from Republic Polytechnic, Singapore. Apart from being a life-long learner, he has also attended the ‘University of Hard Knocks’ and started and managed several SMEs.

Associate Editors

Dr Joseph Crawford

Dr Joseph Crawford is currently Lecturer, Learning and Teaching, Academic Division, University of Tasmania; based in Tasmania. His research is focused on understanding the ways in which leadership can be developed, how student success can be enhanced in higher education, and the factors that create better student and employee psychological wellbeing. Joseph is a mixed-methods researcher, with specialist expertise in quantitative methods and psychometric evaluation. Dr Crawford also co-founded an award-winning men’s grooming company, Fifth Estate Co, and was named the 2019 Launceston Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year.

Dr Margarita Kefalaki

Margarita is the founder and current President of the Communication Institute of Greece (COMinG), the Regional Vice-President of the European Network for Economic Cooperation and Development (EUCED) EEIG, for Greece, and a visiting Professor at the Hellenic Open University.

The Communication Institute of Greece is a dream of a lifetime for Dr. Kefalaki. This International Academic Association aims to promote collaboration and exchange among academics, researchers and professionals from all around the world, by the organization of International Events.  For more information, please go to http://coming.gr/

Margarita holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Communication, a Professional Master degree in Communication and cultural development and two Bachelor degrees, one in cultural communication and organization of events from Vauban University in Nimes (Montpellier III) and another in business management from a Greek university. She has taught in several universities in Greece and France, and has published widely in academic and policy journals. She teaches intercultural communication and management in the Master degree programme of Cultural Organizations Management of the Hellenic Open University. Her research  focuses on media, culture and international communication.

It is Margarita’s belief that via education, exchange and communication, we can act together for a better world, for a better future for us and our children. Academics, students, professionals, individuals, each and every one of us, can contribute to this imperative need!

Dr Nigel Starck

Dr Nigel Starck (PhD, Flinders University of South Australia) is the author of Life After Death: the art of the obituary; Proud Australian Boy: a biography of Russell Braddon; and The First Celebrity: Anthony Trollope’s Australasian odyssey. In addition, he was executive editor of, and a contributor to, the military history anthology Legacies of War. Dr Starck has been extensively published in scholarly journals and is a frequent contributor to major newspapers, including The Guardian (London), The Age (Australia), The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Canberra Times. He has been keynote speaker at conferences in the US and the UK. Prior to pursuing an academic career, he was a newspaper editor and television producer, serving also as South-east Asia correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. His research interests are: journalism history, military history, the art of biography, and the works of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope. Dr Starck was recipient of the Manning Clark Research Fellowship (Canberra 2009) and a visiting scholar at Cardiff University in 2007.

Shannon Tan

Shannon Tan is the Journal Manager, and also an Associate Editor, of JALT. She holds a Bachelor degree (double major in Psychology and Management) at Murdoch University via Kaplan Higher Education Singapore. She joined Kaplan Singapore and the JALT team as a Research Assistant as of October 2020.

Eric Yeo Zhiwei

Eric is a Lecturer and Academic Partner Liaison with Kaplan Singapore and teaches Economics at the Kaplan Diploma School. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Business in Economics and Finance with RMIT and subsequently, a Master of Education with Monash University, Eric holds a special interest in engaging the unmotivated student to make better life decisions through the use of economic concepts and principles. He enjoys making his students stand up and sit down for in-class activities in order to gauge his students’ willingness to pay for certain items, and asking them to make tough decisions on how they would spend $100,000, a limited resource, if it was given to them. All this done, in the name of learning and understanding Economics.

Editorial Board Members

Dr Michael D Evans

Chairman

Dr Evans is currently the Vice President, Academic for Kaplan Higher Education Australia. He is responsible for all Kaplan higher education academic operations, accreditation and registration in Australia, including two university pathways colleges and two TEQSA registered Higher Education Providers offering accredited awards up to Masters level. He also chairs the Kaplan Singapore Academic Board. Prior to joining Kaplan he was a Professor of Management and Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Business and Law at Southern Cross University, Director of the Graduate College School of Management at Southern Cross University and Deputy Director of the Graduate School of Management at the University of Adelaide.

He has undertaken a wide range of research and consulting assignments for clients including reviews of strategic planning and implementation, performance measurement and evaluation, valuation and financial analysis. He has successfully supervised 16 doctoral candidates. His education innovations include: establishment of Academic Success Centres; establishment of transnational education programs; early adoption and development of online programs; development of online learning platforms; redevelopment of curriculum development processes; and the development and implementation of the scholarship and research plan.

Dr James Adonopoulos

Dr James Adonopoulos’s PhD thesis was centred on the ways in which leaders influence employee engagement during organisational crises and significant change. Prior to his appointment as the Academic Dean at Kaplan Business School and Kaplan Professional, he was employed as a sessional member of staff at Macquarie University and the University of Technology, Sydney.

His academic history is supported by practical corporate experience as a leader in a variety of industries, such as financial services and contact centres, at which his most noteworthy achievements were in relation to his employees’ engagement, performance and retention. In combination with his books and fortnightly newsletter, his insights on workplace relations are read by 100,000 people every month.

For more than a decade, he has worked with hundreds of organisations as a speaker, facilitator and consultant, helping them successfully lead change, engage staff, and improve performance. This work has taken him to almost a dozen countries, working with clients that include McDonald’s, American Express, Coca-Cola, Qantas, Optus, Ernst & Young, Gucci, Toyota and many government departments.

Nelson Ang

Nelson’s journey as a teacher has taken him through the spectrum of education institutions in Singapore, both public and private. He is also privileged to have had his footprint extend beyond the shores of Singapore, collaborating with and learning from many esteemed educators. This journey has reinforced his view that all learners are capable of academic success. Should success be initially elusive, still a way can be found to facilitate students' learning by focusing on student-to-student interactions and student-to-content interactions. The impact of these two forms of interactions extends beyond the classroom; they empower students to create and re-create their future realities rather than echo the history of generations gone.

Dr William Baker

Dr William (Bill) Baker is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia. He has a Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Education, Doctor of Education, Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), a Graduate Certificate (University Learning & Teaching), and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Bill teaches in Arts education (Music and Visual Arts) in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) degrees in early childhood, primary and secondary specialisations, and his expertise has been recognised with numerous University of Tasmania teaching awards. Bill’s co-authored book the highly regarded Teaching the Arts: Early Childhood and Primary (Cambridge University Press), now in its 3rd edition, is a standard text in many ITE degree courses across Australian universities.

Bill’s Doctorate focused on the education programs of Australian performing Arts organisations developing a conceptual model for their operation. His research output is diverse encompassing Music and Visual Arts education across ages, Technology Enhanced Learning & Teaching in ITE degrees, Higher Education, and youth Arts participation and social and emotional wellbeing. Bill has recently secured two substantial grants to work with the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra (TYO) in the development of materials supporting resilient attitudes, and to explore 21st century leadership in youth orchestras with the TYO and the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO). Bill is active as a member of the Editorial Boards of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERSA), where he is also an Associate Editor, and the Australian Journal of Music Education (AJME).

Associate Professor Rob Burton

Associate Professor Rob Burton is currently International Program Director (Bachelor of Nursing) and International Lead, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University; based in Singapore. Previously he was a Principal University Lecturer and International Director, School of Human & Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK, where he had led a Professional Doctorate in Human and Health Sciences and the MSc Health Professional Education. He is the co-editor and author of ‘Nursing: Transition to Professional Practice’ published by Oxford University Press in 2011. His Doctorate research focused on learning and thinking style preferences. His recent focus has been on transnational education and international students.

Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson

Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson is the Associate Professor of Digital Innovation in Health and Health Pedagogy at the University of Tasmania. She is internationally recognised for her research expertise in digital health workforce and capabilities. She has held two Australian Learning and Teaching grants examining digital innovation in learning and competencies, and provides leadership in digital capabilities in higher education.

Mike Christie

Mike is Executive Director, Kaplan Singapore, responsible for Academic, Employability  and Industry Engagement teams and also a member of Kaplan Singapore Academic board.

Mike is an education, operations and finance professional with experience across a range of industries working in the UK, US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He is an experienced COO, CFO and education business leader. His career has included working for Big 4 firm and leading technology companies and he has been involved in building and leading educational businesses in professional development training and higher education.

Mike enjoys the challenges associated with the management and development of education and training businesses, strategic and operational planning and business restructuring. He continues to lead quality assurance and compliance, client satisfaction, process improvement and staff learning and development programmes. Prior to joining Kaplan Singapore Mike was responsible for all of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Middle East Academies across 6 countries.

Dr Joseph Crawford

Dr Joseph Crawford is currently Lecturer, Learning and Teaching, Academic Division, University of Tasmania; based in Tasmania. His research is focused on understanding the ways in which leadership can be developed, how student success can be enhanced in higher education, and the factors that create better student and employee psychological wellbeing. Joseph is a mixed-methods researcher, with specialist expertise in quantitative methods and psychometric evaluation. Dr Crawford also co-founded an award-winning men’s grooming company, Fifth Estate Co, and was named the 2019 Launceston Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year.

Ailson De Moraes

With a profound interest in globalisation and cultures, I travel extensively around the world teaching and presenting in international conferences, universities, business forums and colleges. I am a consultant and workshop tutor for MNEs and SMEs. I am fluent in three main international languages – Portuguese, English and Spanish. These languages give me access to a market of literally billions of people around the world. I have extensive management and business experience, having worked in a variety of industrial and commercial sectors in international organisations in Brazil, Portugal, Switzerland and the UK. I run my own property portfolio with properties in the UK and Brazil, and I am an angel investor with property partners UK, and new start-ups with seedrs and crowdcube platforms.

I hold a full-time Senior Academic Position at Royal Holloway School of Management, University of London where I teach Strategy and International Business. I have Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Andrews University, Michigan, USA and an MA in Business and Culture Studies from City University, London; a Postgraduate Certificate from Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV), Brazil, and University of California, Irvine. I completed successfully a Postgraduate Certificate in Skills of Teaching to Inspire Learning (accredited by the Higher Education Academy UK) from Royal Holloway Educational Department, and at present, I am registered for a Doctor in Business Administration (DBA). I am a Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Academic Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (AcFIOEE) and Fellow, Chartered Management Institute (FCMI).

In addition to my academic background, I have attended a number of executive and non-executive programmes. For two years I was nominated and awarded the College Teaching Excellence Award. I am also a guest Professor in several academic and non-academic institutions which include the University of Hong Kong SPACE MBA, Queen Mary, London, Global MBA, The London Metropolitan University MBA Sciences, BPP University MBA/MSc, University of Maringa, Brazil, The South American Business Forum, Argentina, Oxford University Entrepreneurship Society, and St Martins Institute, Malta, The Executive Programme.

Dr Fotini Diamantidaki

Fotini Diamantidaki is a Lecturer in Education at the UCL Institute of Education, University of London UK. Fotini, has successfully co-launched a project on teaching literature in secondary school classrooms in England called ‘London Partnership launches literature’ and thanks to it, the PGCE Languages team has received a British Academy Award, for its innovative and engaging nature. She has received various small grands for developing language events at Post 16+ Level. She is the co-founder and joint chief editor of the International Journal of Education Innovation and Communication (JEICOM), Vice-president of research and academic affairs of http://coming.gr and editorial board member of the Journal of Applied Learning and Teaching (JALT). Her research interests include the integration of literature in the language classroom in combination with the internet and the digital technologies as well as the integration of world languages into the curriculum. Teacher education pedagogy and learning how to teach are fundamental strands to her research interests combined with cultural and intercultural education in classroom and higher education contexts and mentoring in teacher education. Her two most recent books have initiated the debate on the teaching of Literature in the Modern Foreign Languages classroom (read the book review) and on issues in Mandarin teacher education (read the IOE review). 

Dr Lucy Gill-Simmen

Dr. Lucy Gill-Simmen is the Director of the Singapore transnational programme delivered by Royal Holloway, University of London. She holds both a MBA and a Ph.D. in Marketing from Imperial College Business School, London. Her areas of expertise are in marketing strategy (in theory and in practice), global marketing strategy, consumer brand relationships and internal branding. She teaches several postgraduate and undergraduate courses in Marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing and Consumer Behaviour in London and in Singapore. She acts as External Examiner for two United Kingdom universities.

Her Ph.D. focused on employee brand relationships and she has published in this area, most recently contributing to the forthcoming book (2019), “Co-Creating Brands – Brand Management from A Co-Creative Perspective”.

More recently, given her passion for teaching, she has moved into a teaching-focused role. She has a particularly strong interest in innovation in teaching to engage students in intercultural learning. Her presentation at a recent national learning and teaching conference was nominated stand out presentation for her work in innovating student feedback and assessment. She also has an interest in curriculum design and employability and has been awarded a competitive grant to further develop her research in this area.

Prior to entering academia, Lucy worked for a number of years in marketing and managerial roles in the publishing and communications industry both in Europe and in the USA. In addition, she has conducted some large consulting projects in the Middle East and the USA.

Dr Matthias Glowatz

Matt Glowatz is College Lecturer at University College Dublin (UCD)’s College of Business delivering both undergraduate and postgraduate modules covering Digital Business and Social Media Strategy, Data Analytics for Competitive Advantage, Project Management and Digital Innovation.

Matt is the College of Business’ academic coordinator for international students and subject area coordinator for overseas MIS modules offered in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka.

The European Commission awarded Matt with two research scholarships advising both the University of Nizwa (Oman) and Mahidol University (Thailand) on eLearning-related issues.

Matt received twice the Excellence in Teaching Awards in the Higher Diploma of Business Studies (IT) programme and won the Educational Contribution Award at the Irish Internet Association's Net Visionary Awards 2006 recognizing his significant contribution to the Irish Internet Industry through education.

In July 2015, Matt has been appointed co-chair of the Bled e-Conference special interest group focusing on Education in the Digital Economy. In June 2017, he was awarded with the Bled eConference Fellow Award 2017 in appreciation of outstanding contributions to the Bled eConference Furthermore, he has also published numerous research articles and conference contributions.

 

Lena Itangata

Lena Itangata is a senior lecturer in accounting & financial management at the University of Portsmouth. She is the Academic course leader for UoP accounting programmes delivered at Kaplan Singapore.  She teaches mainly in Corporate Finance, Financial Management and Management Accounting across undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

Lena comes from a finance background, with more than 10 years’ experience in banking, and some in accounting and has spent the last 13 years in higher education. Lena has a Chartered Institute of Management Accounting qualification, holds a BSc in Mathematics, MBA in Finance and is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy. 

Her research interests have mainly been in Behavioural Finance, business valuations and Small Enterprise Finance. More recently her focus is on transnational education and international students.

Associate Professor Rhys Johnson

Associate Professor Rhys Johnson is currently Chief Operating Officer at Kaplan Singapore. He has over 20 years of involvement in education, with a focus on business management accountancy and finance. Prior to rejoining Kaplan in 2011 he was Head of Education, for the Asia Pacific region with the ACCA, the global accountancy body. At ACCA he was responsible for overseeing the implementation of ACCA’s global education policy within SE Asia and Greater China including the business development, design and delivery of lecturer training, learning partner accreditation, and university collaborations.

In a previous role at ACCA Rhys was responsible for ACCA’s professional examination scheme – a process that involved coordinating the work of over 50 question writers and 600 markers in the development and delivery of 500,000 examinations annually across over 50 countries. He has extensive experience of award, curriculum and assessment design.

Rhys has lectured on accountancy and management related subjects in the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Mainland China and was Managing Director of FTC Kaplan in Singapore. He started his accountancy career at Price Waterhouse where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He also worked for Ernst & Young in Bahrain. Rhys graduated with a BA in History from the University of Leicester, and has also earned a MA in Military Studies from the American Military University.

Professor Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan

Dr. Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan is a Professor at the School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang since 2004. His research interests include ICT and English Language Education and, professional development and critical practices of teachers. He has published widely in his area of research in reputable journals such as TESOL Quarterly, British Journal of Educational Technology, Computer and Education, The Internet and Higher Education, Professional Development in Education and Teaching and Teacher Education. Currently, he is an Editorial board member for the British Journal of Educational Technology (SSCI) and Malaysian Journal of Learning & Instruction (SCOPUS) He can be contacted via email: kabilan@usm.my

 

Dr Margarita Kefalaki

Margarita is the founder and current President of the Communication Institute of Greece (COMinG), the Regional Vice-President of the European Network for Economic Cooperation and Development (EUCED) EEIG, for Greece, and a visiting Professor at the Hellenic Open University.

The Communication Institute of Greece is a dream of a lifetime for Dr. Kefalaki. This International Academic Association aims to promote collaboration and exchange among academics, researchers and professionals from all around the world, by the organization of International Events.  For more information, please go to http://coming.gr/

Margarita holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Communication, a Professional Master degree in Communication and cultural development and two Bachelor degrees, one in cultural communication and organization of events from Vauban University in Nimes (Montpellier III) and another in business management from a Greek university. She has taught in several universities in Greece and France, and has published widely in academic and policy journals. She teaches intercultural communication and management in the Master degree programme of Cultural Organizations Management of the Hellenic Open University. Her research  focuses on media, culture and international communication.

It is Margarita’s belief that via education, exchange and communication, we can act together for a better world, for a better future for us and our children. Academics, students, professionals, individuals, each and every one of us, can contribute to this imperative need! 

Professor Bashar Malkawi

Bashar Malkawi holds S.J.D from American University, Washington College of Law, and LLM in International Trade Law from University of Arizona. Prof. Malkawi previously taught at universities in Jordan, UAE, Italy, and United States. At the University of Sharjah, he has been Dean and Head of the Law School for the last four years. Prof. Malkawi is a prolific scholar, whose work covers a variety of subjects. He has written over 70 articles for law reviews and professional publications, which have appeared in such top-tier journals as Journal of World Trade, Harvard Negotiation Law Review, and American Journal of Comparative Law. Prof. Malkawi is also the author of numerous books and book chapters. In addition to law articles and academic books, his op-eds and other writings have appeared in the popular press in the U.S. and the Middle East. In addition to his scholarship, Prof. Malkawi frequently consults for a wide array of international organizations, governments, and multinational law firms.

I believe that as much as possible future professors should be in control and responsible for what they learn. Furthermore, I believe their accepting responsibility for learning does not occur in a vacuum. It also involves those with whom they work. I develop a sense of community in my classes. In the wake of the emergence of new methods for teaching and practice, higher education has entered a time of intense transformation that opens new possibilities for more hands-on, dynamic, and engaging type of teaching. Through a mixture of classroom lectures, case studies, simulations, and group projects, students will be given a competitive edge in the short-term application of relevant knowledge, which has long-term strategic value for their career.

Dr Paola A. Magni

Dr Paola A. Magni is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science at Murdoch University (Perth, WA) and the Deputy Dean at Murdoch University Singapore. Paola is a forensic biologist with a key focus on the application of natural sciences (entomology, taphonomy and aquatic biology) to crime scene investigation. She has several years of experience as a lecturer, researcher and expert witness in the Court of Law on cases of homicide, suspicious death, animal cruelty/wildlife, food forensic and stored products security. She is the co-author of several books, book chapters and peer reviewed articles focused on her research and case-work.

She is the creator of “SmartInsects – Forensic Entomology”, the smartphone App designed to facilitate the work of law enforcement agencies and pathologists at crime scenes, and “VirtualCSI”, the Virtual Reality training suite for forensic science students and law enforcement. In the last few years, Paola has also undertaken research into the pedagogy behind innovative methods in forensic education, with a special focus in the internationalization of the Forensic Science curricula. Example of this are the successful projects for the New Colombo Mobility Plans and the Endeavour Leadership Program founded by the Australian Government. Deeply interested in science communication and advocate for women in STEM, Paola is the Australian winner of the global science communication competition FameLab, TEDx speaker, WiTWA Role Model and she has been nominated as one of the 100 people who will influence Western Australia in the biggest way in 2020.

Justin O'Brien

Justin O'Brien is a mid-career industry practitioner who transitioned into a teaching focussed academic pathway after 16 years in international sales and marketing at British Airways, having started there as a graduate trainee. A passionately keen marketer, Justin O’Brien teaches marketing, entrepreneurship and management at Royal Holloway University of London, where he was the MBA Director from 2010 to 2016.  He is currently Director of Undergraduate Studies at the School of Business and Management, having also served as a Co-Director for Student Experience between 2016-2019.

In addition to a growing body of pedagogic journal papers, Justin has published a number of teaching case studies on diverse globalisation and marketing topics such as McDonald’s, UK fashion house Boden, and airline distribution. He runs masterclasses internationally on case teaching and writing and innovative, experiential flipped classroom pedagogies. 

 

Dr Orna O'Brien

Dr Orna O’Brien is currently Director at the Centre for Distance Learning, UCD College of Business. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). Her areas of research interest include the globalisation of higher education and education policy, teaching-learning environments for part-time students, technology usage in higher education and development of academic competencies.

In December 2016, she was invited to join the Expert Group for the Irish National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education for her work in higher education assessment. Dr O'Brien was awarded a 'Teaching Excellence' award by UCD College of Business in 2017. She was further nominated for the overall University award by the College of Business for 'Teaching Excellence'.

Professor Can-Seng Ooi

Can-Seng Ooi, PhD, is a sociologist and is Professor of Cultural and Heritage Tourism at the University of Tasmania. He is also the Co-Director of the Tasmanian Research and Education Network, and the School of Social Sciences’ Associate Head of Research. Besides that he is a Vice-President of Research Committee 50 (International Tourism) in the International Sociological Association. Before his move to Australia in 2016, he was Professor of International Business and Culture Industries at Copenhagen Business School. 

Prof. Ooi’s research career spans over three decades and over three continents. His comparative research covers Denmark, Singapore, Malaysia, China and Australia. He has published extensively on tourism and society issues, including cross-cultural interaction, the uneven distribution of tourism benefits in society, place branding and social engineering, politics of museums, and the subjugation of the arts in the creative cultural economy. Information on him is available at www.cansengooi.com.

 

Dr Anne Palmer

Dr Anne Palmer is a full time Lecturer at Murdoch University, Singapore Campus. Her teaching and research focuses on teaching and learning, academic integrity and lecturer development within a transnational higher education environment. Anne has been teaching in Singapore since 2009. Her other areas of expertise are in adult education programs, both in industry and academia, applied linguistics, cross-cultural communication and education.

Prior to settling in Singapore, she has lived in the UK, Senegal, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Germany, Pakistan, Belgium, France, Australia and the Maldives, and has worked in various fields such as diplomatic missions, NATO based military operations for the Belgian Air Force, and the Department of Human Services for the Australian Government. She has also worked for the Australian mining industry (Turkey), Bouygues marine and offshore projects (Australia), and in the hospitality industry (Maldives).

Throughout her career Anne has also worked with key stakeholders for women’s education and literacy projects including teacher training (Rotary).

Anne has recently completed her PhD in Education at the University of Western Australia. She has a Master’s degree from the University of New England (Australia) in Applied Linguistics, a Graduate Diploma of Education from the University of Western Australia majoring in ‘Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages’ (TESOL) and ‘Languages Other Than English’ (LOTE), and a BA (Honours) in European Studies from the same university. Currently, she is completing her studies in Counselling at the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors.

Dr. Michelle Picard

Dr Michelle Picard is currently Associate Professor and Dean of Learning and Teaching in the College of Arts, Business, Law and Social Sciences at Murdoch University, Australia. Other recent roles include Deputy Director of the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre at the University of Newcastle, Director Researcher Education at the University of Adelaide and Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching at the University of Adelaide Faculty of the Professions. Michelle Picard has been working in higher education for the past 20 years and has taught and supported academic staff at all levels spanning Enabling/Foundational Education, undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and researcher education. Michelle has taught in higher education in Australia, South Africa, the UAE, The Sultanate of Oman and Singapore. She has supervised numerous international masters and PhD students and mentored them in writing in [higher] education. She has also been guest editor on various special editions including Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, Asian EFL Journal and the International Journal of Innovation in Language Teaching and Research and also regularly reviews for a range of higher education journals. She has served on various editorial panels including most recently the International Journal for Educational Integrity. She also regularly examines PhD theses in the fields of higher education and applied linguistics. Besides supporting her own seven PhD students, six of whom are working on higher education related projects, she also mentors 2 African PhD students as part of the CODESRIA international mentoring initiative. As member of the Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference organising committee since 2010, she has been primarily responsible for the program development and organising of reviewers.

Dr Bina Rai

Dr. Bina Rai, a microbiologist, bio-engineer and educator, is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Science and Math Cluster, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). She is an educational innovator dedicated to make the classroom environment engaging and interactive. She played an integral role in the curriculum design and development of an integrated Biology and Chemistry freshmore course called “The Natural World.” She is part of a pioneering team that designed, implemented and evaluated a blended learning approach by incorporating flipped classroom with assessment, adapted from Eric Mazur’s Peer Instruction, into the “Introduction to Biology” module. In class, students use the content they had learnt in the flipped classroom to complete various in-class activities that target SUTD’s kinesthetic learners. These hands-on activities include virtual laboratory (VL) and gamified virtual reality (VR) simulations. Bina was a recipient of three pedagogy innovation grants to help fund the above initiatives. As a result of her continued efforts to enhance instruction, learning and assessment, she was awarded the Tertiary Educator of the Year at Edutech (Asia) Awards in 2017. She also has experience in teaching adult learners and is a Fellow of the SUTD Academy since 2019. Bina is the program director for the SUTD-Changi General Hospital (CGH) healthcare collaboration and the special SUTD (Bachelor) – DUKE NUS (MD) track. She coordinates learning activities such as the Innovation in Healthcare Module during the independent activity period (IAP), undergraduate research opportunities program (UROP) and industrial attachment (IA) related to the healthcare track with the relevant departments at SUTD and industry.

Dr Arthur Shelley

Dr Arthur Shelley is a collaborative community builder, researcher and creative education designer/facilitator with over 30 years of experience across international corporate, government and tertiary education sectors. He has worked with organisations as diverse as NASA, Cirque Du Soleil, Local and National Governments, start-ups, SME’s and multinational corporations. Internationally acknowledged as a knowledge and capability development thought leader, project manager and community builder, he has written three books, several chapters for collaborative book projects and a range of peer reviewed research papers. Arthur is the producer of international events such as Creative Melbourne and AuSKM, a regular international conference speaker, multi-award winning tertiary teacher and a mentor/career advisor and PhD supervisor for candidates in five countries across Asia. Arthur created and facilitated the Executive MBA capstone course at RMIT University in Melbourne at the Graduate School of Business and Law, a project-based learning experience delivered for real business clients. This applied learning experience is based on developing options for genuine client projects in industry and government to improve their productivity. He engages in collaborative research through his role as a Senior Industry Fellow at RMIT and was the former Global Knowledge Director of Cadbury Schweppes.

Dr Becky Shelley

Becky Shelley was appointed Deputy Director Aspiration and Attainment at the Peter Underwood Centre in 2016. Becky has a PhD in political science from the University of Tasmania. Becky has twenty years’ experience working at the intersection between research, policy and practice. Becky has experience devising innovative social policies and social programs within government. Becky has provided leadership to the not-for-profit sector, working with peak bodies, in national roles, and leading state operations. Becky has made a contribution to a broad range of committees and advisory bodies including Ministerial Advisory Committees and Taskforces, national and Tasmanian expert advisory groups, and as a company director. Building collaborative partnerships and fostering shared purpose are key elements in her approach.

Dr Stevphen Shukaitis

Stevphen Shukaitis is Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex, Centre for Work and Organization, and a member of the Autonomedia editorial collective. Since 2009 he has coordinated and edited Minor Compositions (http://www.minorcompositions.info). He is the author of Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Day (2009) and The Composition of Movements to Come: Aesthetics and Cultural Labor After the Avant-Garde (2016), and editor (with Erika Biddle and David Graeber) of Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations // Collective Theorization (AK Press, 2007). His research focuses on the emergence of collective imagination in social movements and the changing compositions of cultural and artistic labor.

Dr Nigel Starck

Dr Nigel Starck (PhD, Flinders University of South Australia) is the author of Life After Death: the art of the obituary; Proud Australian Boy: a biography of Russell Braddon; and The First Celebrity: Anthony Trollope’s Australasian odyssey. In addition, he was executive editor of, and a contributor to, the military history anthology Legacies of War. Dr Starck has been extensively published in scholarly journals and is a frequent contributor to major newspapers, including The Guardian (London), The Age (Australia), The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Canberra Times. He has been keynote speaker at conferences in the US and the UK. Prior to pursuing an academic career, he was a newspaper editor and television producer, serving also as South-east Asia correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. His research interests are: journalism history, military history, the art of biography, and the works of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope. Dr Starck was recipient of the Manning Clark Research Fellowship (Canberra 2009) and a visiting scholar at Cardiff University in 2007.

Dr Samson Tan

Dr Samson Tan is currently Head of the Centre for Innovation in Learning at the National Institute of Education (NIE). As a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee, IT Governance Committee and MOOC Steering Committee, he drives learning innovations and shapes digital learning policies at NIE. He has over 20 years of involvement in education, with a focus in academic professional development and learning innovation.  Prior to joining NIE, Samson was responsible for professional development of academic staff and pedagogical innovation at the Republic Polytechnic (RP). He spearheaded RP’s digital learning, design and delivery of e-learning training and collaboration with other institutions. 

In his previous role in RP, Samson was responsible for leading the SkillsFuture initiatives, providing research, consultation and training in workplace learning for the Logistics, Hotel and Biomedical sectors. Samson lectured/trained curriculum design and innovation in learning related subjects in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. He graduated with a Doctor of Education (EdD) from the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2007 and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Hull. His research interest is in learning innovation and workplace learning. 

Samson is a member of the Executive Board of Association for Problem-based and Active Learning (http://www.panpbl.org/about/#board), the Executive Committee of Educational Research Association of Singapore (ERAS http://eras.org.sg/about-us/executive-committee-current/) and Advisory Board of RMIT School of Engineering, Aviation Industry Advisory Committee, Singapore.

Professor Peter Waring

Professor Peter Waring is Murdoch’s Singapore Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor Transnational Education, based in Singapore. Peter is responsible for advancing the University’s academic and strategic interests in Singapore, Dubai and Myanmar. Peter has previously held academic positions at the University of Newcastle and the University of NSW (Asia) including the leadership positions of Acting Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at the University of Newcastle and Academic Director and Deputy CEO of Newcastle’s Singapore operations. A qualified lawyer, Peter also holds degrees in Commerce and Management. He is the co-author of five books on employment relations and has published more than 100 book chapters and articles in leading international and national journals. His research and teaching interests span the business and law fields of employment relations, human resource management, corporate governance and labour law. In 2011, Peter was a recipient of the Australian Government’s ‘Outstanding Young Alumni Award’ in Singapore. He has lived in Malaysia and Singapore for the past 17 years.