Fostering Synergy in Asian Education: Bridging Gaps, Building Connections

Session Information:

Date & Time: November 22, 2023 13:30
Session: Plenary Session
Room: Orion Hall

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This panel session aims to facilitate a dynamic discussion among leaders from diverse education networks across Asia. The session will focus on the crucial importance of fostering collaboration and synergy among various stakeholders in the field of education, including school leadership and administration, faculty and teachers, ed tech providers, funders, and education researchers. The panel will explore the potential of bridging gaps between these groups and creating platforms for meaningful connections. The session will delve into the need for stakeholders to consider and understand each other's perspectives, highlighting the potential for innovation, knowledge exchange, and enhanced educational practices that result in better learning outcomes for students. Moreover, the panel will emphasise the significance of learning from failures and discussing what hasn't worked and why. By openly addressing challenges and examining the reasons behind ineffective strategies or initiatives, participants can collectively work towards improved solutions and outcomes.This interactive session aims to inspire participants to seek more opportunities to actively engage with diverse stakeholders, consider new approaches, and explore effective ways of collaboration for the betterment of education in Asia.


Rachel Chan
Esperanza HK, Hong Kong


Joseph Haldane
Times Higher Education, United Kingdom

Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)
Joseph Haldane is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s research and teaching is on history, politics, international affairs and international education, as well as governance and decision making. Since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and is Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within Osaka University.

Michael Klemm
Singapore Educators Network & EdTech Marketplace, Singapore

Michael Klemm, Singapore Education Network, Singapore
Michael Klemm is an education professional with extensive experience in international education, employability, education technology and entrepreneurship.

In 2020, he founded and currently heads the Singapore Education Network (SEN) as an alliance of 1,500+ educational professionals in Singapore, Asia and beyond. In 2023, SEN launched the e-commerce platform “EdTech Marketplace Asia” offering technology-enabled products for the education sector in Asia.

Michael is also a Venture Partner - Higher Education & EdTech for Education Consultancy “EDT & Partners”.

He also mentors EdTech Startups in accelerators Eduspaze and 500Global as well as Singapore University of Social Science Venture Builder Programme.

Michael is among the Top 100 influencers in EdTech 2023/24 by EdTech Digest.

Having worked for Training Institute NTUC LearningHub, the National University of Singapore, Minerva University and International Labour Organization in several countries across Asia (Singapore, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia), he has gained substantial expertise in the education and development sector.

Mike Michalec
EdTech Asia, Singapore

Mike is the Founder of EdTech Asia, a regional network of senior level innovators, investors and professionals from the EdTech and Education sectors. EdTech Asia provides capacity building services through workshops, knowledge assets, community building and an annual summit for those interested in strategic business growth and/or sustainable impact. Mike holds a Master of Education degree from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado.

About the Presenter(s)
-Rachel Chan is co-founder of Esperanza in Hong Kong
-Joseph Haldane is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of IAFOR
-Michael Klemm is an education professional with extensive experience in international education, employability, education technology and entrepreneurship
-Mike Michalec is the Founder of EdTech Asia, a regional network of senior-level innovators, investors and professionals from the EdTech and Education sectors

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