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.


  • Grant Black
    Grant Black
    Black Inc. Consulting, Japan
  • Lisa Lam
    Lisa Lam
    Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR
  • Tsediso Michael Makoelle
    Tsediso Michael Makoelle
    Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
  • Michael Menchaca
    Michael Menchaca
    University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
  • Justin Sanders
    Justin Sanders
    Temple University, Japan Campus
  • Leong Wei Shin
    Leong Wei Shin
    National Institute of Education-Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Hidenobu Sumioka
    Hidenobu Sumioka
    Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory, ATR, Japan
  • Reiko Yamada
    Reiko Yamada
    Doshisha University, Japan

Previous Speakers

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

Grant Black
Black Inc. Consulting, Japan

Biography

Grant Black DSocSci CMgr FCMI FRSA Dr Grant Black is President of Black Inc. Consulting (Japan), a business & university global strategic management firm based in Tokyo. He holds a BA Highest Honors in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara; an MA in Buddhist Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Doctor of Social Science (DSocSci) from the Department of Management in the School of Business at the University of Leicester. Grant began his management training at Hyatt and has a career trend as global manager, systems builder, executive leader and university professor. Most recently he held a six-year post as an associate professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Tsukuba. Research areas: global management skills, intercultural intelligence (CQ) and organisational management. Dr Black is a Chartered Manager (CMgr), the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession in the UK. In 2018, he was elected a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Dr Grant Black is a Vice-President (at large) of IAFOR and Auditor of the organisation. He is a member of the Business & Economics section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Panel Presentation (2019) | Academic Governance/Management/Administration in Higher Education in Asia
Lisa Lam
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR

Biography

Dr Lisa Lam is currently the Assistant Director of General Education (GE) at the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), Hong Kong SAR. She is responsible for managing the university-wide GE curriculum, assuring the quality of GE courses, and co-managing the University Core Curriculum with other academic units. The latest projects are to implement the new GE curriculum, and to work with faculty members to develop at least 120 new interdisciplinary GE courses and credit-bearing service-learning/experiential learning GE courses. The new development is in line with the university’s efforts to provide the best student experience and enhanced community impact in student learning. Dr Lam holds a BA in English, an MPhil in Intercultural Studies and a PhD in Cultural Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Panel Presentation (2019) | Academic Governance/Management/Administration in Higher Education in Asia
Tsediso Michael Makoelle
Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

Biography

Tsediso Michael Makoelle is currently the Vice Dean for Research and an associate professor at Nazarbayev University in Nur-sultan (Astana), Kazakhstan. He is one of the recipients of the prestigious Nelson Mandela scholarship to the UK. He holds the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Inclusive Education from the University of Manchester (UK) and a Doctor of Education (DEd) in Education Management and Leadership from the University of South Africa (UNISA). His span of experience in education stretches for more than 25 years in various teaching and leadership capacities at universities and schools in South Africa and abroad. He has written and published extensively on inclusive education and education leadership for both a national and international readership. He has supervised to completion several Master and PhD students and members of several international research bodies. He is a reviewer of grants applications for the South African National Research Foundation (NRF), has reviewed papers for several international journals, and evaluated research doctoral and master theses for several universities in South Africa and elsewhere. He has also reviewed post graduate courses and programmes for many universities and serves on the editorial boards of several international journals. He is passionate about inclusive education with research interests in conceptualisation and operationalisation of inclusive pedagogy within the disadvantaged South African classroom contexts and beyond. He has devoted his research work to the framework of Participatory Action Research, informed by notions of critical, reflective practitioners and transformative epistemologies.

Michael Menchaca
University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Biography

Professor Michael Menchaca currently coordinates online and hybrid programs in the Department of Learning Design and Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has taught at the University of Hawaii for over ten years. He previously taught in and coordinated online programs at Sacramento State University. He was an IT specialist for many years in the public and private sector. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of online learning, technology integration, and social justice with technology.

Featured Presentation (2019) | Plenary Learning: Harnessing Technology to Support Independence and Interdependence to Maximize Learning for All.

Justin Sanders
Temple University, Japan Campus

Biography

Justin Sanders has worked in a range of educational settings globally. Most recently he served in Singapore as Global Recognition Manager for the International Baccalaureate (IB), helping the organisation build bridges with higher education institutions around the world and improving postsecondary pathways for more than 100,000 IB students annually. Before relocating to Singapore, he spent several years with the IB’s research department in Washington, DC, investigating and communicating the impact of an IB education. During his time at the Association for Community College Trustees, he assisted community college boards and senior administrators around the United States in improving their institutional governance and administration. Prior to moving to Washington, he served for two years as an education volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Azerbaijan, where he worked on improving educational infrastructure and capacity in a small rural community. Throughout his career, he has helped to organise dozens of local, national and international education conferences and events. He holds a BA in intercultural communication from the University of Arizona, an MA in international education from The George Washington University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in international education at Osaka University, Japan. His research explores the conception and implementation of internationalisation at national universities in Asia.

Panel Presentation (2019) | Academic Governance/Management/Administration in Higher Education in Asia
Leong Wei Shin
National Institute of Education-Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Biography

Dr Leong Wei Shin is Assistant Dean of Degree Programme and Student Life at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NIE-NTU), Singapore. Prior to joining NIE-NTU, Wei Shin was serving as Head of Aesthetics Department with a secondary school and a Unit Coordinator at Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Education (MOE). Wei Shin currently teaches undergraduate, graduate and executive leadership and professional development courses on curriculum planning and implementation, assessment literacy, formative assessment and reflective practices. He is also involved in leading several research projects on Assessment for Learning and student self-regulation in MOE and schools (e.g. http://www.nie.edu.sg/project/oer-12-15-ccd). As the focal contact person for NIE of the Network on Education Quality Monitoring in Asia Pacific, he has regularly been invited by UNESCO to be their assessment specialist-representative and guest speaker on formative assessment and alignment of curriculum, assessment and teaching.

Hidenobu Sumioka
Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory, ATR, Japan

Biography

Dr Hidenobu Sumioka is attached to the Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory in ATR, Japan, where he is the group leader of Presence Media Research Group. This group makes use of presence media technologies such as Hugvie, a cushion with a minimalistic human-shape design that transmits human presence, that integrate tactile information and remote conversation in order to improve interaction and reduce stress. With the collaboration of the industry consortium, this technology aims to create new business areas such as remote counseling.

Dr Sumioka is an invited Associate Professor in the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, Department of Systems Innovation at the Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University. He is also an Invited Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Intercultural Studies at Kobe University. He has also been a senior assistant at Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Department of Informatics, University of Zurich, Switzerland, and a fellow of Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

Keynote Presentation (2019) | Emerging Education with Social Robots
Reiko Yamada
Doshisha University, Japan

Biography

Dr Reiko Yamada is a professor at the Faculty of Social Studies and Director of the Center for Higher Education and Student Research at Kyoto’s Doshisha University, Japan, where she was also the former dean of the Faculty of Social Studies. She received her MA and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Education, in Social Sciences and Comparative Education. She has long been interested in comparative higher education policy in OECD countries. More recently, she has conducted a quantitative study for student development and is engaged in comparative student research between Japan, Korea and the United States. She served as the Director of the Center for Learning Support and Faculty of Development and Assistant Academic provost at Doshisha University. She also served on the committee of the Central Education Council in Japan. She was the first president of the Japanese Association of the First-Year Experience. She is the author of For the Quality Assurance of Undergraduate Education (Toshindo, 2012). She is also editor of Quality of Higher Education and its Evaluation: Japan and the World, (Toshindo, 2016).