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.


  • Kristie Collins
    Kristie Collins
    Reitaku University, Japan
  • Maria Guajardo
    Maria Guajardo
    Soka University, Japan
  • Yvonne Masters
    Yvonne Masters
    Editor-in-Chief: IAFOR Journal of Education (Scopus), & Independent Researcher, Australia
  • Oussouby Sacko
    Oussouby Sacko
    Kyoto Seika University, Japan
  • Jennifer Yphantides
    Jennifer Yphantides
    Soka University, Japan

Previous Speakers

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

Kristie Collins
Reitaku University, Japan

Biography

Kristie Collins is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Foreign Studies at Reitaku University, in Kashiwa, Japan. Kristie teaches courses in Gender Studies, Canadian Studies, and English as a Foreign Language, and has been teaching at universities across England, Finland, Turkey, and Japan for over twenty years. Among her varied publications, are The Marginalized Majority: Media Representation and Lived Experiences of Single Women (Bern: Peter Lang, 2013) and the chapter, “Waiting with bated breath: My journey to securing tenure” in the upcoming Foreign female English teachers in Japanese higher education: Narratives from out quarter, edited by Diane Hawley Nagatomo, Katheen A. Brown, and Melodie Cook (Candlin & Mynard, 2020).

Panel Presentation (2020) | Embracing Difference
Maria Guajardo
Soka University, Japan

Biography

Maria Guajardo is committed to raising the next generation of global leaders as a Professor of Leadership Studies at Soka University, Tokyo. Previously she served as Dean and Vice-President, with the distinction of being the first non-Japanese female to serve in these positions. Her research connects leadership development, global citizenship education, and social change. Her work in diversity, equity, and inclusion has taken her from Malaysia to Mumbai, and from Singapore to South Africa. Her portfolio includes national and local policy work, leading national youth development initiatives, and advancing educational initiatives for children living in poverty. Maria, a clinical psychologist, has degrees from Harvard University and the University of Denver.

Panel Presentation (2020) | Embracing Difference
Yvonne Masters
Editor-in-Chief: IAFOR Journal of Education (Scopus), & Independent Researcher, Australia

Biography

Yvonne Masters is an independent researcher in Australia. She has been involved with IAFOR for several years as a member of The Asian Conference for Education Organising Committee, as co-facilitator of The Asian Undergraduate Research Symposium, and as a member of the International Academic Advisory Board. Yvonne is the current Editor-in-Chief of the IAFOR Journal of Education, a Scopus indexed, open access journal on education.

Yvonne was a teacher and teacher educator for over 40 years and is still passionate about education. She was a senior lecturer in Professional Classroom Practice in the School of Education, University of New England, Australia, a position that she accepted after five years as Director of Professional Experience in the same School. Prior to taking up her position at UNE, she had 30 years’ experience in secondary schools including in the roles of Curriculum Coordinator, Deputy Principal and Principal. Her teaching experience spans three Australian states. Her research interests centre on undergraduate research, academic publication, teacher education and policy, professional experience, teacher identity, online learning and virtual worlds. Yvonne was awarded her PhD, focused on school principalship, from Deakin University.

She is an active researcher and gained, in collaboration with other researchers, 4 Internal UNE School of Education Research grants; was a partner in a $200,000 ALTC (OLT) grant, VirtualPREX: Innovative assessment using a 3D virtual world with pre-service teachers; in 2014 achieved a UNE Seed Grant for a one year project to explore teacher quality; and in 2015 gained a $50,000 OLT seed grant to develop resources to assist pre-service teachers to gain online teaching skills to assist them in teaching wholly online into virtual schools.

Yvonne serves as a reviewer for several education journals and is a senior reviewer for IAFOR conferences. She presents on a variety of education topics including publishing as an academic, teacher education policy, undergraduate research, and online teaching at a range of conferences, both Australian and international.

Keynote Presentation (2020) | Embracing Difference/Challenging Difference: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Workshop Presentation (2020) | Embracing Difference, Finding Commonality – Collaborative Research and Writing

Previous Presentations

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Thriving in Publication: Ethical Guiding Principles for Academic Publication
Featured Presentation (2017) | Change in Education: By Whom? For Whom?
Oussouby Sacko
Kyoto Seika University, Japan

Biography

Born in Mali in 1966, Oussouby Sacko studied architecture in China, arriving in Japan in 1991, he earned his PhD at Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Architecture. His research explores the relationships between society and architectural space. His publications include Literacy and Culture of Knowledge (Nakanishiya Publishing, 2007) and Contemporary African Culture Today (Seigensha, 2020). He joined Kyoto Seika University in 2001 and was promoted to Professor in 2013. On April 1, 2018, he was elected as the President of the University.

Panel Presentation (2020) | Embracing Difference
Jennifer Yphantides
Soka University, Japan

Biography

Jennifer Yphantides is a tenure-track faculty member in the department of International Liberal Arts at Soka University in Tokyo, Japan. She has been working in the field of education since 1993 and has taught in North America, Europe, The Middle East, and Asia. Additionally, she has worked on government-funded peace projects affiliated with the University of Haifa, Israel which focused on the promotion of tolerance of ethnic and religious diversity in the region and on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in mainstream classrooms. She has a BA in History from McGill University, an MA in War Studies from King's College, London, and an MA TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an EdD in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University. Her current research interests are diversity and inclusion of neurologically diverse students in the English Foreign Language classroom.

Panel Presentation (2020) | Embracing Difference