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.


President – eMMERSION Learning
Chief Information & Strategy Officer at Santa Fe Public Schools
United States

Keynote Title: Driving K-12 Innovation in the 4th Industrial Revolution

Dr. Tom Ryan holds two executive positions Chief Information and Strategy Officer of the Santa Fe Public School District in New Mexico and the President of EMMERSION LEARNING, an organization dedicated to transforming education through the effective use of digital learning tools.  He is an education professional with 39+ years of experience and expertise in teaching, leadership, technology, technology integration and blended/online learning program development. He works with schools leadership on strategic planning and leadership, designing digital learning environments, technology infrastructure reviews, and the shift to digital tools.

Dr. Ryan has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.  He was served as a CIO (14 years), as well as a high school principal and teacher for the largest public-school district in New Mexico. He has proven leadership and experience leading teams of 100+ employees and administering multi-million dollar budgets and projects.  Dr. Ryan has designed and implemented innovative online and blended school models at both the state and district level.

He is engaged in leadership activities in several state and national organizations including Chairmen of the Board for the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN), ISTE, and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS).  Work with the CGCS includes: large school district IT reviews of infrastructure, strategic planning, instructional technology, and digital transformation efforts.  He also helps coordinate of the Councils annual CIO conferences.  Dr. Ryan is a Senior Fellow for the Center of Digital Education and presents at several state and national conferences throughout the year.


University of Malaya, Malaysia


Dr. M Niaz Asadullah is Professor of Economics at the University of Malaya, Malaysia. He obtained his DPhil in Economics from Oxford University in 2005. He is the South-East Asia Lead of Global Labor Organization (GLO), a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics (Germany), an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE), University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. Previously he held teaching/research/visiting appointments at Harvard, Oxford, Kent, Reading, Manchester, Dhaka, BRAC and Mindanao State Universities. He additionally served as the Deputy Director of the Centre for Poverty and Development Studies (CPDS) from 2014-2016.

His research relates to poverty, inequality, well-being, education, labor market, skills formation and gender issues with a focus on South/East Asia and Islamic countries. His work has been supported by international grants such as the Australian Development Research Award Scheme, Leverhulme Trust (UK), International Growth Centre (IGC), the DFID (UK), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), South Asian Network of Economic Research Institutes and the World Bank. He has also consulted for Asian Productivity Organization, BRAC, Oxford Policy Management, BAPPENAS (Government of Indonesia), UNESCAP and the World Bank.
He has published nearly 50 articles in peer reviewed academic journals such as Australian Economic Review, Asian Development Review, Bulletin of Economic Research, Cambridge Journal of Economics, China Economic Review, Development Policy Review, Economica, Economics of Education Review, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Development Studies, Oxford Development Studies, and World Development. At the same time, he has published numerous opinion pieces for international media outlets such as the Project Syndicate, the Conversation, D+C Development and Cooperation, the Diplomat, Open Democracy, the Huffington Post, the Bangkok Post, and the Hindu.

Professor Asadullah is a Co-Editor of the Asia Pacific Education Review (APER) and Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (Taylor & Francis) and on the editorial advisory board of International Journal of Educational Development (Elsevier) and COMPARE (Taylor and Francis).

Plenary Speakers

Isaac Ipara Odeo

Vice Chancellor
Kibabii University

Speech Title: Innovating with Digital Learning for Quality Education: The Experience of Kibabii University in Kenya

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.

Isaac Ipara Odeo

Dean, Faculty of Education
University Ljubljana

Speech Title: Achieving High-quality Teacher Education Programmes by Academic Teaching Excellence

Dr. Janez Vogrinc 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).

Open Learning University Democratic Republic
Prof. Muyisa Paluku Kazimoto

Vice Chancellor
AERDC- Open Learning University
Democratic Republic of Congo

Speech Title: First In Last Out: The Experience of Organization Leadership and Change

Prof. Paluku Kazimoto is from the office of Vice-Chancellor, AERDC – Open Learning University, Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo. He is dynamic, innovative, and analytical leader skilled to directing administrative operations. He is an outstanding researcher focusing on organization management, finance and accounting, socio-economic development and information technology. He has published widely on those topics and has significantly contributed to organization management and academia operations across regions. To date he has several publications in the form of books, book chapters, and articles to his recognition.

He holds several awards, the best administrator at Kampala International University (2015) Uganda, for research publications from Asia-Pacific International University in Thailand, and best researcher from University of Arusha. Was appointed as Director of Kampala University-Luwero Campus from 2014-2015, Dean of School of Business Administration at the University of Arusha in Tanzania from 2011, Consultant for Interface University Society at the University of Lubumbashi and financial management in several organizations. From 2000-2010 he had served as auditor and finance director in various organizations.

Prof. Kazimoto has gained experiences in leading organizations’ operations and has successfully led improvement planning, and innovation initiative in a wide variety of organizations and institutions of higher learning. He has gained experiences in designing courses and he is determined to bolstering educational offerings to suit the current trend of knowledge management in higher learning institutions based on competencies of learners. Prof. Kazimoto is devoted to contribute to the conference organised by the Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM) with the theory of Fist In Last Out (F.I.L.O), which is designed to strengthen and shape the knowledge about organizations and countries leadership management.  He is a hardworking and visionary leader that focus on creative innovation and entrepreneurship as a model for organizations management to offer services that can enhance the community sustainable development.