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"Strategies for Building the Quality of Research in ASEAN Universities and Strengthening Higher Education Research Partnerships with Australia" 

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Dr Sampan Singharajwarapan - Vice President for Research, Chiang Mai University

Dr. Sampan is currently the Vice President for Research, Chiang Mai University and a speaker delegate from the ASEAN University Network (AUN) for the ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue (AAED) 2019. Prior to this, he was the Director of the Office for Quality Assurance at Chiang Mai University 2005-2008 followed by the Dean of the Faculty of Science in 2009-2017. Dr Sampan holds qualification of B.S. (Geology), Chiang Mai University 1979, M.Sc. (Engineering Geology), Asian Institute of Technology (1982) and Ph.D. (Structural Geology), University of Tasmania, Australia (1994).



Prof Abhishek Bhati - Campus Dean, James Cook University, Singapore


Professor Abhishek Singh Bhati is the Campus Dean of James Cook University Singapore campus. As Campus Dean JCU Singapore, Abhishek contributes to JCU’s initiatives at the Tropical Future Institute. His efforts guide the learning and teaching, student experience  and academic governance of programs offered in JCU Singapore. In support of JCU’s strategic intent to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide, Abhishek is responsible for delivering graduates and building strategic partnerships that make a difference. Dr Bhati obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in Tourism Management (PhD) from James Cook University (2014), Master of Business Administration in Marketing Management (MBA) from Maastricht School of Management (1996) and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics (BA) from the University of Bombay (1994).   

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Raymond R. Tan - Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at De La Salle University, Philippines


Raymond R. Tan is a professor of chemical engineering, University Fellow and current Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines. He is also an Academician of the Philippine National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). His research focuses on the development of novel computational techniques for the design of sustainable industrial systems. Prof. Tan received his BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering and PhD in mechanical engineering from De La Salle University. He is the author of more than 300 Scopus-indexed publications, with a total of over 6,000 citations and an h-index of 41. He is co-editor-in-chief of Process Integration and Optimization for Sustainability (Springer Nature), subject editor of Sustainable Production and Consumption (Elsevier/IChemE), and an editorial board member of Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy (Springer Nature) and the Int. J. of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience (Inderscience). He is also co-author of the book Input-Output Models for Sustainable Industrial Systems (Springer Nature), and co-editor of the books Recent Advances in Sustainable Process Design and Optimization (World Scientific) and Process Design Strategies for Biomass Conversion Systems (Wiley). For his scientific work, Prof. Tan has received multiple awards from NAST, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE), the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology (PhilAAST), and the De La Salle Alumni Association (DLSAA).

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Dr. Hazri Jamil - Director, National Higher Education Research Institute, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang


Hazri Jamil is an Associate Professor specializing in the areas of Educational Policy Study, and Curriculum and Pedagogy. Currently, he is a Director at National Higher Education Research Institute, Universiti Sains Malaysia. He has been a project leader in a number of national and international research and collaboration projects with Asia-Africa Universities Network for Education Development, UNESCO Bangkok, The Head Foundation Singapore, Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP), and Australasia Research Project..

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Denise Finney - Chief Executive Officer, Indonesia Australia Language Foundation (IALF)


Denise Finney has been based in Indonesia for over 30 years, working in the field of language, education and development. She has been involved in a number of language and teacher training projects in Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific region, including Timor-Leste and Kiribati. Denise is Chief Executive Officer of the IALF, a not-for-profit language and teacher training institution with branches in Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali. IALF specializes in the design and delivery of pre-departure English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs, with clients such as Australia Awards, New Zealand Government, ASEAN and UK Chevening Scholarships, as well as Indonesian government departments including the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Education.

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