Keynote Speakers

Prof. Yvonne Vissing, PhD

Keynote Speaker

Professor Healthcare Studies | Director the Center for Childhood & Youth Studies
Salem State University
USA 

Yvonne Vissing, PhD

Professor Healthcare Studies | Director the Center for Childhood & Youth Studies
Salem State University
USA

Speech Title: “Twelve Ways The Pandemic Lifted The Veil Of Childhood Inequality”

Yvonne Vissing, PhD, is Professor of Healthcare Studies and Founding Director of the Center for Childhood & Youth Studies at Salem State University in Massachusetts, USA.  She is a pediatric and community sociologist with a specialty in the human rights of children. She is the US policy chair for the Hope for Children UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Policy Center, a group of child rights scholars located in Cyprus.  Author of 15 books, she is a former National Institute of Mental Health Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and a fellow at the University of Connecticut’s Dialogue and Democracy Institute.  She is on the Human Rights Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is a steering committee member of Human Rights Educators USA.
Prof. Dr. Roziah Mohd Rasdi
Head of Department of Professional Development and Continuing Education
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Malaysia

Roziah Mohd Rasdi, Ph.D. is a Professor in Human Resource Development at the Department of Professional Development and Continuing Education, Universiti Putra Malaysia, MALAYSIA. Her research interest revolves around the areas of career development, talent, and competencies development. Her current research focuses on exploring individual-level competencies which are required for leveraging artificial intelligence in organizations.

Prof. Roziah is a Board member of the Academy of Human Resource Development, USA. She sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Human Resource Development Review, Human Resource Development Quarterly, European Journal of Training and Development, and International Journal of Training and Development and serves as a reviewer of numerous journals. She is also a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Coach and Practitioner.

Prof. Dr. Roziah Mohd Rasdi

Keynote Speaker

Department of Professional Development and Continuing Education
Faculty of Educational Studies
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Malaysia

Plenary Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chew Fong Peng

Plenary Speaker

Associate Professor in
Department of Language & Literacy Education
University of Malaya
Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chew Fong Peng

Department of Language & Literacy Education
University of Malaya
Malaysia

Speech Title: “Malay Folk Literature in Early Childhood Education: Are They Still Relevant?”

Dr. Chew Fong Peng is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia and teaching Malay language education and early childhood education program. She has been presented approximately 170 working papers international and international seminars and conferences in Malaysia and foreign countries, published 9 books, 115 articles published in journals, 72 papers in conference proceedings, 39 chapters in books, 21 translated books including creative writings, 11 edited books and edited creative writings. She is the book editor of Taylor & Francis, editor for Malaysian Year 4, 5 and 6 History textbooks and Year 1 Arts and Music Education text books. Dr. Chew has completed 19 research projects which 8 of them were led by Chew. She won many medals in academy and innovative expo, besides being listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020. Chew is article reviewer for some established international journals listed in Web of Science and Scopus.  Dr. Chew was invited as a visiting professor at the Peking University from October, 2011 to June, 2012 during her sabbatical leave.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Faizal Bin A. Ghani

Department of Educational Management, Planning & Policy
University of Malaya
Malaysia

He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Management, Administration and Policy, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Her expertise is Educational Leadership focusing on Educational Management and Administration, and School Finance. His expertise is for the benefit of society by sharing some academic knowledge, skills, and value in the forms of reading material such as publishing nine academic books and two hunderd articles. His latest academic book entitled “Professional Learning Communities:  Theories and Practices”. In terms of delivering an academic speech, he has been selected to be keynote speakers and invited speakers for some international and national conferences, seminars, and workshops. In the research area, besides being an evaluator for research proposals of his university’s academic staff, he has been awarded more than USD80,000 research grants for his interest in Effective School, Educational Leadership, School Finance, and Principalship. Therefore, all experiences of him are put in the shape of a journal namely Journal of Educational Leadership by appointing him as an editor besides being an editorial board for some international journals like Bannu University Research Journal in Education, Journal of Economics and Finance, European Journal of Educational and Social Sciences and International Journal of Education Teaching and Learning.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Faizal Bin A. Ghani

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Faizal Bin A. Ghani

Plenary Speaker

Associate Professor in
Department of Educational Management, Planning & Policy
University of Malaya
Malaysia

Dr. Asha Thakar

Plenary Speaker

HOD
Psychiatry
Maharshi Adhyatma Vishwavidyalay
India

Dr. Asha Thakar

HOD
Psychiatry
Maharshi Adhyatma Vishwavidyalay
India

Speech Title: “Effective psycho-spiritual techniques for parents to help bring out the best in their child

Dr (Mrs) Asha Thakar is currently leading the Psychiatry section at the Maharshi Adhyatma Vishwavidyalay, Goa, India. Since last 30 years, she has been counselling her clients, mostly young adults using psychological and spiritual techniques with a good success rate. In the last decade, using the unique technique of ‘Personality Defect Removal’ (PDR) invented by H.H. (Dr) Athavale, Founder of MAV, she has had a higher success rate. This is a simple yet very effective self-hypnotherapy technique that can help overcome any kind of problem, as it addresses the root personality defect of the person. She has counselled parents as well, especially during the pandemic, and has helped them nurture their children in a more fulfilling way. Owing to her qualities such as love for others and a calm and stable mind, Dr Thakar has been able to guide hundreds of youths successfully.

    Professor Manjula Vithanapathirana

    Professor in Educational Psychology
    Faculty of Education
    University of Colombo
    Sri Lanka

    Prof. Manjula Vibhasini Vithanapathirana, Professor in Educational Psychology at the Faculty of Education, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her main area of expertise is in Child Developmental Psychology and Learning. She has supervised and produced a large number of postgraduate degrees in the area of Psychological Development of Children and Adolescence.

    She is also an interdisciplinary scientist which is reflected in her education, research and practice. She graduated from the University of Colombo with Zoology Honours, completed postgraduate studies in Education with a Masters from the Open University of Sri Lanka and PhD from Institute of Education (IOE) University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom. She also secured a Post Graduate Diploma and a Master of Arts from the Post Graduate Institute of Buddhist and Pali Studies of the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

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    Professor Manjula Vithanapathirana

    Plenary Speaker

    Professor in Educational Psychology
    Faculty of Education
    University of Colombo
    Sri Lanka

    Dr. Mahesh Rajasuriya

    Plenary Speaker

    Senior Lecturer
    Department of Psychiatry
    Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo
    Sri Lanka

    Dr. Mahesh Rajasuriya

    Senior Lecturer
    Department of Psychiatry
    Faculty of Medicine
    University of Colombo
    Sri Lanka

    Speech Title: “Psychology of Empowerment, Disempowerment and Manipulation of Youth”

    Mr. Mukunda Adhikari
    Transform Aid International Institute of Sustainable Futures at University of Technology (UTS)
    Australia

    Mukunda is an experienced International Development practitioner and researcher with a demonstrated history. He is skilled in development effectiveness and project management including project design, program monitoring and evaluation & performance/impact measurement, learning, data analysis, and research/participatory action research. He loves to bring development theories and practices together, and critically review overall development approaches and processes looking for alternatives to development. He is also a strong advocate and practitioner of bottom-up, participatory, and locally led development and research. Moreover, he also does research and wants to have debate on donor-NGO nature of relationships. Master of Business (Research) focused on Accountability, Regulation & Governance from QUT (Queensland University of Technology), ongoing Doctor of Philosophy at UTS on sustainable future focusing on international development and writing academic and practice papers/conference papers and presenting them in different conferences were/are a platform to sharpen his own learning and personal development.

    Mr. Mukunda Adhikari

    Plenary Speaker

    Transform Aid International Institute of Sustainable Futures at University of Technology (UTS)
    Australia

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