Curriculum Academic Lead
Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)
University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Keynote Title: Educational Innovations Beyond Technology

Professor Bob Fox is from the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. He held concurrent appointments as Professor of Innovation in Higher Education (AD), School of Education, UNSW and Professor (Hons) at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) from 2013 to 2019. Professor Fox holds the HKU award, University Teaching Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching.  Between 2000-2013 he was Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Centre for Information Technology in Education, Faculty of Education at HKU with one year at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as Professor and Associate Director, Centre for Learning Enhancement and Research before returning to HKU in 2009.

He has published around 150 papers on innovation, change and learning environments in higher education. Bob Fox has over 30 years-experience in teaching and research in Australia, South East Asia and Great Britain. His research focuses on learning and teaching innovation and change in higher education; technological practice and curriculum change; blended, mobile and open learning. He has published widely on these topics.

He was also a Dean (Learning Environments), Faculty of Education for the last two and a half years at HKU. Before working at HKU he was Associate Director and senior lecturer of the Centre for the Advancement of Education at Curtin University, Australia for 13 years; senior lecturer at the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council for four years; a TEFL teacher for five years in England, Hong Kong and Spain and further education lecturer for two years in England.

Isaac Ipara Odeo

Vice Chancellor
Kibabii University

Keynote Title: “Updating”

Prof. Isaac Ipara Odeo is the Vice Chancellor of Kibabii University and a Professor of Kiswahili of the same institution with a focus on Kiswahili language and literature education. He has taught and carried out research in pedagogy, translation, oral literature, language contact phenomena, language and new communication technologies as well as sociolinguistics and higher education. To date he has several publications in the form of books, book chapters, articles in journals and conference proceedings to his credit.

Prior to his appointment in 2016, he served as Ag. Vice Chancellor from 2015 and Principal of Kibabii University College from 2013. This came after a stint as Chairman of Department of Language and Literature Education and later Director of School Open Distance eLearning and Continuing Education at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. He has and still supervises and examines graduate work in various universities in Kenya and within the East African region.

Prof. Odeo has also served as a consultant for several organizations. He is a member of various professional bodies among them Kenya Red Cross Society,  Chama cha Kiswahili cha Taifa (CHAKITA), Kenya and Chama cha Kiswahili cha Afrika Mashariki (CHAKAMA) where he served as Vice Chairman and Chairman from 2007 to 2011. His current areas of interest include language and culture and governance in higher education institutions.

Prof. Ipara is an indefatigable and visionary worker with a knack for getting initiatives moving and an eye on achieving goals within timelines. For the eight years he has been at the helm of leadership at Kibabii, he has harnessed efforts of a team of versatile persons to grow an institution destined to be a premier university that has triggered numerous investment opportunities set to improve the economy and enhance quality of life of the society.