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.