Speakers

Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


Plenary Speakers

  • Abdulnassir Al-Tamimi
    Abdulnassir Al-Tamimi
    Lusail University, Qatar
  • Abdulqader Alyasin
    Abdulqader Alyasin
    Lusail University, Qatar
  • William C. Frick
    William C. Frick
    University of Oklahoma, United States
  • Hiba Harb
    Hiba Harb
    Lusail University, Qatar
  • Junko Hibiya
    Junko Hibiya
    International Christian University, Japan
  • Toshiya Hoshino
    Toshiya Hoshino
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan & Osaka University, Japan
  • Susie Kung
    Susie Kung
    Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand
  • Fuatino Taliaoa Petelo Leafa
    Fuatino Taliaoa Petelo Leafa
    Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand
  • Murielle El Hajj Nahas
    Murielle El Hajj Nahas
    Lusail University, Qatar
  • Kaberi Rajendra
    Kaberi Rajendra
    Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand
  • Kenn Ross
    Kenn Ross
    Minerva University
  • Bernadette Solomon
    Bernadette Solomon
    Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand
  • Melanie Wong
    Melanie Wong
    Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand

Previous Speakers

View details of speakers at past ACE conferences via the links below.

Abdulnassir Al-Tamimi
Lusail University, Qatar

Biography

Prior to joining Lusail University as the founding Dean for the College of Education and Arts in September 2020, Dr Abdulnassir Al-Tamimi served as the Vice President and Head of School for DeBakey High School for Health Professions – Qatar from August 2018 until August 2020. He has more than 20 years of experience working in schools, community colleges and universities in Texas and in the State of Qatar. In June 2010, he was selected by Houston Community College to serve on the founding leadership team that helped establish the Community College of Qatar (CCQ), the first community college in the State of Qatar. At the Community College of Qatar, Dr Al-Tamimi served as the founding Associate Dean of Student Services as well as the founding Associate Dean of Workforce Education and Community Development from June 2010 to August 2018.

Prior to his venture in Qatar, Dr Al-Tamimi held several leadership positions at Lone Star College System in Houston, Texas including Dean of Educational Programs and Organisational Development, Dean of Instructional and Organisational Development, Dean of New Program Development, Corporate Training and Continuing Education as well as Manager of Continuing Education.

Dr Al-Tamimi is known for his strong commitment to student success and outstanding leadership in academic affairs, student services, as well as program and community development. Under his leadership, he has developed a number of academic and professional development programs as well as continuing education and corporate training programs for local industries and the community. He also led in the development of a number of student engagement programs and activities that helped promote persistence, retention and student success.

Dr Al-Tamimi has conducted workshops and presented research in many local and international conferences. He has served as Secretary for the National Alliance for Community and Technical Colleges (NACTC) and Chair of the Houston Forum for Advisors to International Students. He was also an active member of the Texas Association of Continuing Education (TACE), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Rotary Club of Cypress-Fairbanks in Texas.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration from Texas Southern University, a Master of Arts Degree in Cross-Cultural Studies from the University of Houston at Clear Lake, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Keynote Presentation (2022) | The Future of Higher Education: Adapting to the New Normal Post-COVID
Abdulqader Alyasin
Lusail University, Qatar

Biography

Abdulqader Alyasin has been working in English language teaching and education in different countries, including Syria, the UK, and Qatar. He obtained his MA in English Language Teaching (ELT) and PhD in ELT and Applied Linguistics from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, and to further enhance his practical teaching skills, he attended a training course and was awarded a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) from Cambridge University. Prior to taking up the role of Assistant Professor at Lusail University, Alyasin worked as Academic Writing Lecturer, Research Methods Tutor, English for Academic/Specific Purposes Tutor, and Personal Tutor at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. Throughout his career in these positions, he coordinated, developed and taught academic writing and research skills, data collection and analysis methods, phonetics and phonology, oral communication, grammar, syntax and semantics, linguistics, teaching methods, reading, composition, and comprehension. Alyasin also worked as a book proposals peer reviewer for Cambridge University Press. With a longstanding interest in theory and practice in language studies, he has mentored, supervised and examined MA students in TESOL, ELT, and Applied Linguistics. Alyasin’s research interests revolve around teacher cognition, curriculum policy and practice, educational change, teacher training and development, (English) language teaching in difficult and crisis circumstances, and bilingual education.

Panel Presentation (2022) | Mental Health in Action: Strategies to Build Teacher and Student Capacity
William C. Frick
University of Oklahoma, United States

Biography

William C. Frick, PhD is the Rainbolt Family Endowed Presidential Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma, United States. He is the founding director of the Center for Leadership Ethics and Change, an affiliate body of the international Consortium for the Study of Leadership and Ethics in Education (CSLEE) of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of School Leadership and the IAFOR Journal of Education and is currently the editor of Values and Ethics in Educational Administration. Dr Frick has approximately 15 years of experience as a practitioner in the public schools including building and district-level administration and 16 years as research university faculty. He is a former 2016-17 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar to the Republic of Georgia and is currently a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow to Côte d’Ivoire this coming summer 2023. A doctoral graduate of Pennsylvania State University, his research interests include the philosophy of administrative leadership, school system reform within urban municipality revitalisation efforts, and broader cultural studies exploring the intersection of identity and schooling.

Panel Presentation (2022) | Mental Health in Action: Strategies to Build Teacher and Student Capacity

Previous Presentations

Roundtable Presentation (2021) | Being Resilient: Finding Ways to Publish in Difficult Times
Hiba Harb
Lusail University, Qatar

Biography

Dr Hiba Harb holds a PhD in Language Sciences and a master’s in Education and Training. She is currently Assistant Professor at Lusail University, Qatar, and the Head of the Training and Capacity-Building Department. She is also President of the Association of Teachers of French in Qatar. She has more than ten years of teaching experience at a university level, she teaches language courses and various subjects in French and English languages. Dr Hiba has solid experience in designing new courses and training programs, she is an instructional designer and trainer. She has participated in international conferences and her research interests focus on educational technologies, pedagogical approaches, language teaching, course design and development, teachers’ training, and communication. She believes that creative and resourceful teachers should encourage creativity and higher-order thinking in a way that increases student performance, her career goal is to build teaching methods that increase students’ autonomy through creativity.

Panel Presentation (2022) | Mental Health in Action: Strategies to Build Teacher and Student Capacity
Junko Hibiya
International Christian University, Japan

Biography

Junko Hibiya is Professor Emerita of International Christian University (ICU). She became Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2008 and President in 2012 at the university. She is a member of the Central Council for Education, and a member of the Science Council of Japan. Prior to her tenure at ICU, she was on the faculty of Keio University for fifteen years after receiving her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988.

Keynote Presentation (2022) | The Impact of COVID-19 on International Education
Toshiya Hoshino
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan & Osaka University, Japan

Biography

His Excellency Professor Hoshino is the President of IAFOR and the senior academic officer of the organisation. In this role, Ambassador Hoshino is the Chair of the International Academic Advisory Board, as well as both the Academic Governing Board and its Executive Committee, and also sits on the IAFOR Board of Directors.

Ambassador Hoshino is an internationally-recognized scholar in the fields of Human Security, International Relations and Politics, and has had a dual, complementary academic and diplomatic career, culminating in his appointment as Japanese Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations in New York, from 2017–2020, where he was in charge of socio-economic and budgetary affairs. He had previously served as Minister-Counsellor from 2006–2008 at the same mission in charge of political affairs, and earlier in his career, was Special Assistant for Political Affairs at The Embassy of Japan, Washington, D.C., from 1988–1991.

Professor Hoshino is currently a Professor of International Politics and United Nations Studies at Osaka University’s Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP). Since 2017, Professor Hoshino has been the Executive Director of the IAFOR Research Centre at OSIPP. His current research interests centres on policy and implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through international multi-stakeholder public/private partnerships, and is the founding Director of the Environmental, Social, and Governance Integration Research and Education Center (ESG-IREC).

Previous to his second secondment to the United Nations in 2017, Professor Hoshino held a number of senior administrative roles in the University, including Vice-President (2014–2015) and then Executive Vice-President (2015–2016) for Global Affairs, having previously served as Dean of the Osaka School of International Public Policy at Osaka University from 2011–2014.

Before joining Osaka University in 1998, Ambassador Hoshino was a Senior Research Fellow at The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) from 1991 to 1998, and continued his association with the Institute as an Associate Fellow from 1998 to 2006. He holds a BA from Sophia University, Japan, an MA from the University of Tokyo, and a PhD from Osaka University.

Professor Ambassador Hoshino has also been a visiting scholar and researcher, principally in the United States. From 1992 to 1993 he was a Visiting Fellow at The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, at Princeton University; from 2000–2002 he was appointed Special Research Fellow at the Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University; from 2003 to 2006 he was a Research Fellow at the Stanford Institute for International Studies at Stanford University; and from 2007 to 2008 was a Guest Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Susie Kung
Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand

Biography

Susie Kung has been in education since 1980 and in teacher education for over 26 years. She has been teaching on the Bachelor of Education programme at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2006. She is a Senior Lecturer attached to the School of Education and is also the Academic Lead overseeing the provision of pastoral care and also the retention and success of four programmes in the School of Education. She has substantial experience in the field both in Malaysia and New Zealand.

Susie’s passion for teacher education includes her research on effective tertiary teaching-learning spaces and, more recently, blended teaching-learning environments through COVID-19 times, teacher identity and teacher motivation, preparing student teachers for a fast-changing, diverse world and a reconsideration of teacher education as a holistic endeavour. Case study and narrative approaches to research are her methodologies of choice but she has a special interest in the Appreciative Inquiry approach to research and has used this methodology for a number of her research projects. She is currently investigating the role of teacher identity, teacher motivation and the teacher’s perception of advocacy in the teaching role.

Fuatino Taliaoa Petelo Leafa
Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand

Biography

Fuatino Taliaoa Petelo Leafa was born in Samoa, and migrated to New Zealand with her family in 1986 for a better future and education. She has a bachelor’s in Social Work from Manukau Institute of Technology, a postgraduate diploma in Social Work from Auckland University, and a master’s in Indigenous Studies from Te Wananga o Aotearoa, New Zealand. She has been a community social work practitioner for over 20 years and is passionate about working for her community.

She joined the Manukau Institute of Technology in 2018 and is currently with the School of Social Work. She is a Senior Social Work Lecturer and is also the Fieldwork Placement Coordinator.

Fuatino’s passion for social work and community development is reflected in her master’s research, Looking into community engagement space and how culture is embedded and valued in social work practice. She was also part of the Talatalanoa mai; student matters, looking into the mental health impacts of COVID-19 on students’ learning. She will present and talk about the psychological impact of COVID-19 on Pasifika student learning experiences research.

Panel Presentation (2022) | Surviving and Thriving in Times of Rapid Change: Multiple Tertiary Teaching Voices from Aotearoa, New Zealand
Murielle El Hajj Nahas
Lusail University, Qatar

Biography

Dr Murielle El Hajj Nahas holds a PhD in French Language & Literature from the Lebanese University, Lebanon. She is currently Assistant Professor at Lusail University, Qatar. She is also Associate Editor of the IAFOR Journal of Literature & Librarianship and the IAFOR Journal of Education (Language Learning in Education issues), The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan, as well as Editorial Board Member of In Analysis, revue transdisciplinaire de psychanalyse et sciences, Elsevier Masson SAS, France. Her domain of research focuses on psychoanalysis of literature, the perspective on the unconscious in literary study, the roles of the instances involved in the analytical/critical praxis, and the relation between literature and psychoanalysis. Her research interests include analysis of written narrative structure and focalization; comparative studies of literary genres; discourse analysis and semantics; French linguistics, literature, modernism, and postmodernism studies; gender studies; literary semiotics and semiology; psychoanalysis; psychoanalytic criticism and textoanalysis; rhetoric and stylistics; and schizoanalysis. She has published peer-reviewed book chapters and articles, as well as book reviews and poems in international journals. (ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9445-6281)

Panel Presentation (2022) | Mental Health in Action: Strategies to Build Teacher and Student Capacity

Previous Presentations

Roundtable Presentation (2021) | Being Resilient: Finding Ways to Publish in Difficult Times
Kaberi Rajendra
Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand

Biography

Dr Kaberi Rajendra is Senior Academic Lecturer at Manukau Institute of Technology. Currently, she is the Academic Lead – Research and Programme Coordinator of the Level 4- Health and Wellbeing programme in the School of Health and Counselling at Manukau Institute of Technology. She received her PhD degree from Auckland University of Technology in 2019. After undertaking social work training in India, she migrated to New Zealand with her family in 1996. Her social work career of twenty-five years as a clinician in mental health kindled her research interest in culture and mental wellbeing.

Panel Presentation (2022) | Surviving and Thriving in Times of Rapid Change:
Multiple Tertiary Teaching Voices from Aotearoa, New Zealand
Kenn Ross
Minerva University

Biography

Kenn Ross is the Special Advisor to the President at Minerva University. Originally from the United States, he has lived in Asia for more than 20 years, where he is well-known for his knowledge of higher education issues, education innovation, and China-America cross-border education. In addition to Minerva University, Ross is also Founder of the International Foundation for the Promotion of Academic Soft Skills (IFPASS), a US-based nonprofit that provides non-cognitive skills-based and experiential education in China. He regularly speaks at global education events such as TEDx and is also a frequent commenter on Chinese television, where he speaks on topics related to Chinese and international education. Ross’ 2015 book Academic Soft Skills (留学软实力) is considered by many in China as a definitive guide to preparation for global study.

Keynote Presentation (2022) | Concepts Across Contexts: How to Build Durable Skills through Transdisciplinary Teaching
Bernadette Solomon
Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand

Biography

Bernadette is passionate about recovery in mental health & addictions, improving health outcomes for individuals affected by mental health and eliminating health disparities. She graduated from the University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom as a Registered and Psychiatric Nurse. Bernadette is currently a senior lecturer in mental health & addictions, and also is an academic research lead in the school of nursing at Manukau Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Bernadette has extensive experience as a mental health nurse, academic and educator. Bernadette’s specialty practice is criminology & forensic mental health nursing.

Bernadette’s doctoral (DHSc) research focused on mental health recovery. The research explored the experience and meaning of recovery-oriented practice for nurses working in an acute inpatient mental health service, using a hermeneutic phenomenological methodology. She is particularly passionate about the empowering potential of embedding recovery-oriented practice into mental health services and in particular within nurse education. Her other research interests are in nursing education, mental health, and Forensic mental health. Bernadette is currently involved in various research projects both within MIT and in collaboration with other educational nursing schools in NZ.

Panel Presentation (2022) | Surviving and Thriving in Times of Rapid Change: Multiple Tertiary Teaching Voices from Aotearoa, New Zealand
Melanie Wong
Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand

Biography

Dr Melanie Wong is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work, Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand. Mel is also a Counsellor, Dream Therapist and Interactive Drawing Therapist who likes to work with those who connect with the world differently. Mel holds a PhD from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; she has an extensive research interest in supporting individuals' mental and emotional needs using the lens of social constructionism and a holistic approach.

Panel Presentation (2022) | Surviving and Thriving in Times of Rapid Change: Multiple Tertiary Teaching Voices from Aotearoa, New Zealand
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