Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Tapsir

Director General
Department of Higher Education
Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia


Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Tapsir is currently the Director General at the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. She was deeply involved in the development of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) and currently tasked to implement the initiatives outlined in the Blueprint for the public and private higher education institutions. She played the primary role in the establishment of a rating system for private colleges and the liberalization of private higher education. She also contributed significantly in the formation of several foreign university branch campuses in Malaysia and the enhancement of the public universities’ policies and governance. Prior to her position at the Ministry, Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah was the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Datin Paduka also plays a key role in the Redesigning Higher Education initiatives of the Ministry including the Integrated Cumulative Grade Point Average (iCGPA), CEO at Faculty Programme, 2u2i (work based learning) programme, Malaysia Massive Open Online Courses (Malaysia MOOC), and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) (a lifelong learning initiative). Currently, Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah is looking into “Education 4.0”, which assesses how the 4th Industrial Revolution will impact and change the higher education ecosystem.
At the professional level, she is a Board Member of Malaysia Board of Technologists and a registered engineer under Board of Engineers Malaysia. Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah received an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Science) from the University of Southampton in 2016 for her outstanding contributions in the engineering field. She has received numerous education accolades including the Asia HRD Awards 2017 for her contribution to the Malaysian Society by advancing higher education and the Honorary Fellow of ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) in 2017 for her expertise and experience in advancing the growth of engineering in the ASEAN region.

Mr. Tim Bergmeier

Director, InPlace (Asia)

title : ” Artificial Intelligence for Educators: Using technology to produce work ready Graduates “






Tim is an ardent follower of technology trends in the Higher Education sector, in particular focusing on ‘work based’ or ‘industry learning’ experiences. Fascinated by the rapid pace in which technology is progressing and transforming our interactions with the world, he addresses some of the challenges this poses.

Snap Chat, delivery drones, IoT car gadgets, App-enabled cooking utensils; the list is endless and would require a full time job to keep up with. As such, Tim advocates that the key is to focus our attention on technology that affects our personal and professional interests.

Tim has been working with technology in Higher Education since 2010 when QuantumIT established InPlace Software, a world leader in work based learning solutions. Tim’s focus is on technology within Higher Education. He believes that Digitizing the relationship between Higher Education and Industry should be the aspiration of all institutes. Digitizing work based learning practices such as gaming for work experience role play and mixed reality for simulating low probability, high consequence situations should also be considered.

Tim keynotes regularly and draws on his extensive global network to share learnings with audiences around the world.


International Conference on Future of Education


Lt. Col. Victor Emilio Villavicencio Alvarez, PhD.

General Academic Vice-Rector
Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas – ESPE (Ecuador)


He is a Higher rank Officer of the Ecuadorian Army. He has his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas – ESPE. He´s got an extensive professional background and his graduate studies are in these fields: Doctor of Educational Sciences, MBA in Multiple Skills, Mst. in Management of Educational and Social Projects. He holds a PhD degree in Higher Education at Universidad de Palermo -Argentina, where he graduated with honors and got a distinguished diploma.

He has gotten several outstanding mentions at the domestic and international levels for his military and academic tasks. He has expertise in the field of teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas – ESPE, where he has taught the subjects of Research Methodology and Project Design. He has also taught several seminars at the “Eloy Alfaro” Military High School. He has coordinated several research projects related to the educational military field.

He also has published several articles in important scientific journals. Among his most outstanding works, it can be mentioned: Formalization of a methodology for research in military sciences (2018) and several other scientific articles in the education, the military and the physical culture fields. In 2017, he was nominated as the Director of the Department of Human and Social Sciences. In 2018, he was assigned as Vice-rector of Teaching and currently he holds the title as General Academic Vice-Rector of the Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas – ESPE.

Prof. Dr. Janez Vogrinc

Prof. Dr. Janez Vogrinc

Associate Professor in Research in Education
Dean, Faculty of Education
University Ljubljana



Dr. JanezVogrinc is an Associate Professor in Research in Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His main field of expertise is methodology of pedagogical research and his current research interests are criteria for evaluating the quality of the scientific findings, teacher education, the professional development of teachers, action research, quality assurance.
From October 2016 he is Dean of the Faculty of Education University of Ljubljana. He is also the president of the National commission for national examination in primary school in Slovenia and member of the Professional Council for General Education in the Republic of Slovenia.
He was involved in many international and national research projects from the field of education (e.g. ˝Enhancing Professional Development of Education Practitioners and Teaching/Learning practices in SEE countries, Professional Reflection-Oriented Focus on Inquiry-based Learning and Education through Science, The social climate in school – the educational concept, the prevention of undesirable phenomena (violence, drugs) and the evaluation of preventive programmes) and he is author or co-author of many papers and monographs (e.g. Qualitative research in education, Effective teacher professional development in the process of major school reforms, The role of headteachers, teachers, and school counselors in the system of quality assessment and assurance of school work).

Dr. Edward Roy Krishnan



President European International University (EIU),

Managing Director Bangkok School of Management
(BSM) – Bangkok

Speech Title: ” Digital Motivation:Online Gaming vs Online Learning “

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. 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. 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. 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.