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"Implementing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030 in Community and Educational Ecosystems" 


Nur. Aishah Binti Mohd. Norodin - Senior Principal Assistant Secretary, Local Government Division, Penang Government

Miss Nur 'Aishah binti Md Norodin began her service with the government in 2005 as the Assistant District Officer at Central Seberang Perai District and Land Office, Penang. In 2008, she was appointed as the Assistant Senior Director of the Penang Land and Mines Office. Later in 2009, She was promoted as the Principal Assistant Director at the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU), Prime Minister's Department. She then pursued her Master’s in Sustainable Cities and Communities at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).  After her studies, she resumed office as the Head of Local Government Division, Penang State Secretariat in October 2017 until now. Among her achievements while serving in the Local Government Division was being appointed as the Champion for Think Tank Penang 2030 on the Theme: Integrate Municipal Services with Smart Technologies (D3). She was invited as a speaker at the Seberang Perai International Conference on Ecotourism and Conservation Efforts (SPICEC) and Asia IOT Business Platform 2018 on Penang Towards Smart International Cities. In 2019, she was invited as a speaker at Cities 4.0 Leadership Forum 2019 to share her experience on the policy and implementation of smart initiatives in Penang.


Mien Wee Cheng  - Executive Director, Sunway International Schools, Malaysia


Mien CHENG is Executive Director of Sunway International Schools and Director of Pre-University Studies at Sunway College which are private institutions owned and governed by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation. She has more than 30 years’ experience working in Malaysia’s private higher education sector, including cross-border collaborations with educational institutions in the UK, USA, Australia, and New Zealand. Mien completed her Bachelor of Science with Education and Master in Education at the University of Malaya in Malaysia, and a Master of Arts in Work Based Learning with Middlesex University in the UK. Currently completing her PhD studies with Australia’s Monash University, Mien’s research focuses on the higher education reforms of a Southeast Asian country in globalising times. Married with two adult daughters, Mien advocates equal access to education and lifelong learning.    


Julie Wilkens McMahon - Regional Director, APAC, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Insights


Julie Wilkens McMahon is regional director (APAC) for THE World University Insights Pty Ltd, formerly known as Times Higher Education and developer of the THE World University Rankings. Based in Melbourne, she works closely with university leaders and departments in Australia and the ASEAN region to help them make informed, data-driven decisions about rankings, brand and performance strategy. She regularly educates on the World University Rankings, its subsidiary rankings and the newly released THE Innovation and Impact Rankings that follow the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prior to her work in the higher education sector, she practiced law for nearly a decade in the United States.

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Dato' Dr Ooi Kee Beng - Executive Director, Penang Institute (PI)


Dato’ Dr Ooi Kee Beng is Executive Director of Penang Institute. Formerly Deputy Director (2011-2017) of ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (Singapore), he is founder-editor of ISEAS Perspective, Penang Monthly and ISSUES; editor of Trends in Southeast Asia; columnist (The Edge Malaysia); adjunct professor (Taylor’s University, Malaysia); and Honorary Fellow (CenPRIS, USM). His latest book is Catharsis: A Second Chance for Democracy in Malaysia.

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Dr. Belinda Gibbons - United Nation’s Principles of Responsible Management Education Advisory Committee, University of Wollongong, Australia


Belinda has a unique blend of teaching and learning, governance and research expertise in the field of responsible management education and experiential learning with contribution evidenced at institutional, national and international levels. Belinda is the Australia/New Zealand Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) Chapter Coordinator and a member of the United Nations PRME Advisory Committee. Her passion for embedding the UN Sustainable Development Goals within education and community received a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning alongside becoming a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Belinda works with all faculties, local councils and community organisations to enable action towards realising the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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