to our Early Career Researcher (ECR) Award winners!
Professor Dr. Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen
Chairman, Danish National Fund for Nature, DENMARK & President, EuroScience, FRANCE
Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, Chairman of the Danish National Fund for Nature, and President of EuroScience, Strasbourg. He was Executive Director of the Sino-Danish Center,Beijing 2013-18, Rector of Aarhus University from 2005-2013, and global lead specialist for higher education, research and innovation the World Bank 1993-2005. As rector for the Danish Research Academy (1986-93) he was in charge of reforming research training in Denmark´s research universities.
He was a member of the Danish Prime Minister’s Growth Forum, Chairman of the Science Research Council and of the national committee for research infrastructure, Vice-Chairman of the Danish Research Commission (White Paper), vice-president of European University Association (EUA), chairman of Nordic Academy for Advanced Study, and the Nordic University Cooperation, and member of several OECD expert review teams and other international review and advisory panels on higher education and research.
Professor Dr. Fazal Rizvi
Professor in Global Studies of Education, University of Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Fazal Rizvi is a Professor of Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne, as well as an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois in the United States. He is a Fellow of the Social Science Academy of Australia.
He has written extensively on issues of identity and culture in transnational contexts, globalisation and education policy, internationalisation of higher education and Asia-Australia relations. A collection of his essays has been published under the title, Encountering Education in the Global: Selecting Writings of Fazal Rizvi (Routledge 2016) and his book Globalizing Education Policy (Routledge 2010) has been widely read and cited.
Professor Dr. Gerard A. Postiglione
Honorary Professor and Coordinator of the Consortium for Research on Higher Education, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong
Gerard A. Postiglione is Honorary Professor and Coordinator of the Consortium for Research on Higher Education, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong. His policy research has been received by the Asian Development Bank, Department for International Development (UK), Institute of International Education (US), International Development Research Center (CA), Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), United Nations Development Programme, World Bank, and China’s State Education Commission and Ministry of Education.
He published 16 books and over 150 articles and chapters. He is editor of the journal Chinese Education and Society and received the Humanities and Social Science Prestigious Fellowship Award by the Hong Kong Government Research Grants Council.
Dr. Johan Saravanamuttu
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Nanyang Technological University, SINGAPORE
Johan Saravanamuttu, Adjunct Senior Fellow at S. Rajaratanam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, has held previous positions as professor of political science at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS). He is the author of Malaysia’s Foreign Policy, the First 50 Years: Alignment, Neutralism, Islamism (Singapore: ISEAS Publishing, 2010).
Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak
Rector, International Islamic University Malaysia, MALAYSIA
Dzulkifli Abdul Razak is the 2017 Tokoh Akademik Negara (National Academic Laureate), and currently Rector, International Islamic University (IIUM) after being the inaugural holder of the Chair of Islamic Leadership and Principal Fellow at USIM from 2014-2016 as well as Chairperson, Board of Directors of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) until August 2018. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham, and recently appointed Senior Advisor at Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya, and Honorary Fellow at Centre for Policy Research and International Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) where he served as the Vice-Chancellor from 2000-2011. He was the 14th President of International Association of Universities (2012-2016), a UNESCO-affiliated organisation based in Paris.
In May 2017, Dzul became the 1st Asian (7th globally) to receive the highest honour that can be bestowed by Universitas 21 (U21) viz., the prestigious 2017 Gilbert Medal in recognition as “a passionate advocate for equality and justice and of sustainability in its broadest sense. His vision for higher education is future-oriented, community-focused, transformational and unafraid to challenge the status quo.”
In August, he received the Asia HRD Contribution to Society Award for People Development. For more than 20 years, he writes weekly columns for various Malaysia’s dailies, and since 2015 contributed to Op-Ed weekly for theSun, an English daily with the largest circulation in Malaysia.
Mr. Albert Chai
Managing Director, Cisco Systems Malaysia, MALAYSIA
Albert Chai brings 20 years of experience in the IT and telecommunications industry across the Asia Pacific region and is currently the Managing Director for Cisco Systems Malaysia. Prior to his current role, he was the Director of Sales for Enterprise and Public Sector.
Before Cisco Systems, Albert was the Vice President responsible for South East Asia region with Acision, a global leader in messaging and mobile internet solutions. Prior to that, he was the Indonesia’s Country Director of Logica based in Jakarta. He transformed Logica’s outsourcing, system integration and products business by growing their annual revenue multiple fold during his tenure.
He is a JPA’s scholar and graduated in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University College London with First Class Honours and found his true passion helping clients leverage IT as a strategic enabler to deliver better outcome.
Emeritus Professor Dr. Ellen Hazelkorn
Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit, Dublin Institute of Technology, IRELAND
Emeritus Professor Dr. Ellen Hazelkorn is partner, BH Associates, and Joint Editor,Policy Reviews in Higher Education. She is International Co-Investigator, Centre for Global Higher Education, London; and Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit, Dublin Institute of Technology. Ellen was policy advisor, Higher Education Authority (2011-2017), and President, EAIR/European Society for Higher Education (2013-2016). She was Vice President, DIT (1995-2008).
Publications include: Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education: The Battle for World-Class Excellence, 2nd ed. (Palgrave, 2015); Global Rankings and the Geopolitics of Higher Education (Routledge 2016); Research Handbook on Quality, Performance and Accountability in Higher Education (Edward Elgar 2018 In Press), and Research Handbook on University Rankings: History, Methodology, Influence and Impact. Edward Elgar Publishing. Forthcoming.
Professor Dr. Kazuhiro Yoshida
Director, Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education (CICE), Hiroshima University, JAPAN
Professor Kazuhiro Yoshida is Director, Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education, Hiroshima University, Japan. He has been serving as an Asia Pacific-regional representative to the SDG Education 2030 Steering Committee which is responsible for a global coordination and promotion of SDG4.
His research interest is in the education policy and its effectiveness and aid effectiveness for education at different educational levels. He is secretary of Africa-Asia University Dialogue network, a UNITWIN program in which 30 universities of these continents participate in joint research, as well as student and staff exchanges.
Mr. Yu-Book Lim
Managing Director, The HEAD Foundation, SINGAPORE
Yu-Book began his career at MIDA in 1973. He “retired” as the executive chairman of IMC Plantations in 2008. He has also held senior-level corporate and operational leadership positions at some of the most highly-regarded firms in the region.
Yu-Book is an alumnus of the University of Malaya (Engineering, 1973). He helped MIM to launch its first MBA programme and also taught some of its classes. He is the author of a book on Strategy.
Yu-Book calls Melbourne “home” but actually spends a great deal of his time in Malaysia and Singapore.
Professor Dr. S. Gopinathan
Academic Director, The HEAD Foundation, SINGAPORE
Professor Saravanan Gopinathan obtained his doctorate in comparative higher education and education policy at SUNY, Buffalo, United States. Since 2013, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and he is currently Academic Director at The HEAD Foundation. He served as the Dean of the School of Education (Mar 1994 till June 2000) and was the former Dean of Initial Teacher Training (July 2000 till 2003), at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. In this role he had responsibility for departments involved in leadership preparation, early and special needs education, and ICT. In 2003, he helped establish NIE’s Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP) to spearhead rigorous education research in Singapore.
He has served on various MOE review committees and was a Resource Specialist for the Government Parliamentary Committee on Education, as a consultant for the Singapore Teachers Union, and a Board Member of the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board. Professor Gopinathan was also involved in setting up the Singapore Centre for Teaching Thinking, the Principals’ Executive Centre and is also a founder member of the Educational Research Association of Singapore.
He has consulted widely, helping NIE establish the Emirates Centre for Advanced Education in Abu Dhabi, the College of Education in Bahrain and the School of Education for the Sampoerna Foundation in Indonesia. He presently advises the Ministry of Education in Oman on teacher policies, Oman’s Education Council, and the Government of Mauritius on their K-12 education reforms. He serves on the International Advisory Board on the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, and co-edits the Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education. His three recent publications are Education and the Nation State (Routledge 2012), Globalisation and the Singapore Curriculum (Co-editor) (Springer 2013) and Education (in the IPS Singapore Chronicles series Times Publishing 2015).
Professor Dr. Jung Cheol Shin
Professor, Seoul National University, SOUTH KOREA
Dr. Shin is a professor at Seoul National University. He served in the Korean Ministry of Education for about 20 years. His research interests are higher education policy, knowledge and social development, and the academic profession.
He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Encyclopedia of Higher Education and the co-editor of the Knowledge Studies in Higher Education series (Springer), and a board member of Studies in Higher Education, Tertiary Education and Managementand the Peabody Journal of Education.
His recent book publications include University Rankings (2011), Institutionalization of World-Class University (2012), Teaching and Research in Contemporary Higher Education (2013), The Future of the Post-Massified University at the Crossroads (2013), The Dynamics of Higher Education Development in East Asia (2013), Mass Higher Education Development in East Asia (2015), Doctoral Education for the Knowledge Society (2018), and Higher Education Governance in East Asia (2018).
Dr. Leang Un
Deputy Director, Department of Higher Education, Royal University of Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Un Leang, Ph.D. has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Royal University of Phnom (RUPP) since 2016. Obtaining his first degree in Philosophy from RUPP, he then went to pursue his master degree in Philosophy from Atenoe de Manila University in the Philippines and a Ph.D. in Social and Behavourial Science from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
He used to be a research fellow and visiting scholar at the Mekerere University (Uganda) in 2009, Northern Illinois University (USA) in 2011 and an off-residential senior research fellow at the Center for Khmer Studies (Cambodia) in 2014.
During the early years of his career (2003-2007), he taught Philosophy and took part in local development through his part-time job with local NGOs. Through this engagement, he noticed that the desire to obtain higher level of education as a way out of poverty and personal advancement as well as a tools for local and national development is very strong among Cambodian people, development workers and policy makers. This has encouraged him to continue his doctoral studies focused mainly on (comparative) education policy, looking particularly at how education contributes to the development in post-conflict societies.
Immediately after completed his doctoral studies in 2011, he became more engaged in the education sector, through his various positions at the Ministry of Education, youth and Sport as well as with a number of international development organizations, especially through his extensive international engagement both in practical and intellectual exercises. These engagements have allowed him to see and reflect on the relationship between education and development. His research interest is on education policy and discourses and its contribution to social progress with the recent shift to include social sciences and philosophy.
Datuk Ir. (Dr.) Abdul Rahim Hashim, FASc.
Vice-Chancellor, University of Malaya, MALAYSIA
Datuk Ir. (Dr.) A Rahim Hj Hashim was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the Universiti of Malaya on November 1, 2017. He graduated in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom in 1976 and later received an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the same university in 2006.
He worked for PETRONAS for 32 years from September 1976 to December 2008 and held some important and key positions. These include as MD/CEO of PETRONAS Penapisan Melaka and Malaysian Refining Company (1991-1998), Vice President of Human Resource Management (1998-2002), Vice President of Gas Business (2002-2006) and Vice President Research and Technology (2006-2008). He was also the Technical Manager (1982 – 1987) and Refinery Manager (1987 – 1988) for PETRONAS Penapisan (Terengganu) Sdn Bhd, the PETRONAS first refinery at Kerteh.
A professional engineer, he sat on the Board of Engineers Malaysia and was Chairman of the Engineering Accreditation Council of Malaysia (2007-2012). He is currently an Advisor of Institute of Materials Malaysia, a Fellow and a Council Member of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, a member of the Board of Engineers National Monitoring Committee, a board member of ICE Petroleum Engineering Sdn. Bhd., a board member of Deleum Berhad, a public listed company and a Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau MyCEB’s Kesatria.
In October 2016 he was admitted as a William Pitt Fellow by the Pembroke College of Cambridge. He is the Past President of the International Gas Union (2009-2012), the Immediate Past President of the Malaysian Gas Association (2003-2015) and Past President of the Asia Pacific Natural Gas Vehicle Association (2003-2009). He attended the Harvard Advance Management Program in 1997.
Professor Datin Paduka Dato’ Dr. Aini Ideris, FASc.
Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Putra Malaysia, MALAYSIA
Aini Ideris graduated with DVM in 1979 from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM) – currently known as Universiti Putra Malaysia, MVSc in Avian Medicine, from University of Liverpool, England in 1981, and PhD in 1989 from UPM. She continued on for further research training at University of California, Davis (1990) and University of Cornell, USA (1993).
Aini has been actively involved in research related to the control of poultry diseases and development of poultry vaccines. Her research interests are in avian respiratory and immunosuppressive diseases, which have led to the commercialisation of Newcastle disease vaccine and tissue culture adapted fowl pox vaccine, in 1995 and 1996 respectively. She is also very active in professional associations, nationally and internationally. Among others, she was the Deputy Chairman for Veterinary Association Malaysia Education Trust Fund, Honorary Treasurer for World Poultry Science Association (WPSA) Malaysia, and the Founding President of World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) Malaysia. In 2013, she was inducted as one of Inaugural members of Hall of Honour, WVPA and elected as Vice President WVPA, in 2015.
In recognition of her scientific contributions, Aini was selected as Fellow Academy of Sciences (FASc) Malaysia, in 2008, Founding Fellow of Malaysian College of Veterinary Specialists (FMCVS) and Fellow of Malaysian Scientific Association (FMSA). In October 2011, she was elected as Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (FIAS).
Aini has held various administrative positions in UPM, such as, Chairman of Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Deputy Dean Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Dean School of Graduate Studies, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International), Director, Corporate Strategy & Communications Office (CoSComm), and currently, Vice Chancellor, Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohamad Abdul Razak
President, Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences, MALAYSIA
Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohamad Abdul Razak is currently the President of Cyberjaya University of College of Medical Sciences. A trained orthopaedic surgeon specialist, he has served as the Director of Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and the President of the Malaysian Orthopaedic Association (1996 – 1998). He is also a visiting registrar of the Orthopaedic Department at Edinburgh University, in addition to being registrar and spinal injury fellow at the Southport Spinal Injuries Centre in Liverpool.
He had received 7 Gold Awards in research, 4 Silver Awards, and recipient of best paper award, the Mahmood Merican Award for Orthopaedics. He was also formerly the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student and Alumni Affairs) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia).
Professor Dato’ Ir. Dr. Mohd. Saleh Jaafar
Chief Executive Officer, UPM Holdings Sdn. Bhd., MALAYSIA
Mohd Saleh Jaafar is a Professor in Civil Engineering, specializing in materials and structural engineering. He obtained a BSc (Civil Engineering) with honours from Michigan State University in 1985, before pursuing his MS (Structures) from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1988. Salleh then attained his PhD (Structures) from Sheffield University, United Kingdom in 1998.
Saleh has been with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) since 1985 where he then earned his Professional Engineer status in 1992. He was the Head of Civil Engineering Department from 1999 to 2006 before becoming the Deputy Dean (Academic) at Faculty of Engineering from 2006 to 2007, followed by position as the Dean of Engineering from 2007 to 2010. Saleh was later appointed as the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) from 2011 to 2013.
Aside from that, Saleh also served the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE) as consultant and special advisor to Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 Higher Education while at the same time holding the position as the Director for University Transformation Program (2014 -2016).
He then returned to UPM as the Dean Faculty of Engineering and Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering from 2016 until May 2018. On 1st June this year, Saleh was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of UPM Holdings Sdn Bhd, a private limited company wholly-owned by Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).
Dr. Zinaida Fadeeva
Visiting Professor, TERI Institute of Advanced Studies & Senior Advisor, UN Office of Resident Coordinator (UNORC), INDIA
Emeritus Professor Deane Neubauer
Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, USA and Associate Director, Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP), USA
Deane Neubauer is an Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. He currently serves as the Associate Director of the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP) which conducts a wide range of policy-focused research with a special focus on higher education. He is also an adjunct fellow of the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Deane holds a BA from the University of California, Riverside and MA and PhD degrees from Yale University. Over the course of his career, he has focused on a variety of political and policy areas including the democratic theory, public policy, elections, and various policy foci, including education, health, agriculture, and communication. He has held a wide variety of administrative positions at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and the 10-campusUniversity of Hawai’i. He also has over twenty years of experience in US-oriented quality assurance.
Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi
Provost, Chief Executive Officer & Vice Principal, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, MALAYSIA
Prof. Mushtak Al-Atabi is the Provost, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Principal for Heriot-Watt University Malaysia. He works with senior academics across Heriot-Watt’s five global campuses to help develop and lead innovative transnational teaching. He will also play a key role in student recruitment, particularly for international and postgraduate students, helping Heriot-Watt deliver the global research-led educational experience it is renowned for.
He was formerly Pro Vice-Chancellor (Strategy) for Taylor’s University (Malaysia), has extensive experience in teaching innovation in universities and developed the first ever massive open on-line course (MOOC) in Malaysia, where people from all walks of life could study Global Entrepreneurship.
Professor Dr. Ahmad Farhan Mohd Sadullah
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International), Universiti Sains Malaysia, MALAYSIA
Prof. Dr. Ahmad Farhan Mohd Sadullah is a Professor in Transport Studies and the School of Civil Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Since March 2017, he has been appointed as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International) of USM. Preceding his term as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, he was the Dean of the School of Civil Engineering and the Director of the USM’s Engineering campus. He is widely regarded as a leading expert in transport matters in Malaysia.
He is presently a Commission Member of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD). He was appointed as the Director General of the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) between 2008 and 2011 and was critical behind many road safety strategies of the country. In 2016, Ministry of Transport (MOT) Malaysia appointed him as the Cluster Head for the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) for MOT on road safety. For his work in road safety, he was accorded the Road Safety Icon Award by the Road Transport Department Malaysia (JPJ) in 2015.
Preceding his term at MIROS, he was Dean of the School of Civil Engineering of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Research Dean for the Engineering and Technology Platform and was also the pioneering Innovation Director of USM. In January 2012, he was appointed as the Director of the Transformation Office, a newly formed outfit at Universiti Sains Malaysia to oversee USM’s transformational agenda.
Professor Datuk Ir. Dr. Mohd Jailani Mohd Nor
Vice Chancellor & President, AlBukhary International University, MALAYSIA
Mohd Jailani Mohd Nor attended Oklahoma State University, USA and graduated
in 1984 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following a Graduate Teacher Training Course (SPLI) at Maktab Perguruan Teknik, Jalan Cheras, Kuala Lumpur in 1986; he received his Master’s degree from the same university in 1988. He went on to complete his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield
Hallam University, United Kingdom in 1996.
He joined the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, UKM, as a tutor in 1986. Upon receiving his Master’s degree, he was promoted as a lecturer in 1988. Ten years later, he was conferred the post Associate Professor (1998) and then as Professor in 2005. He took on an administrator’s role when he was offered the post of the Head of Department, 1 st April 1999 and held the position for 5 years until he was appointed Deputy Dean (Academic), Faculty of Engineering, UKM in 2003. After spending four years there, he was given the task as Deputy Director, Centre of Research and Innovation Management (CRIM), UKM, in April 2007. He went on to become the Director, Excellence Planning Division, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, beginning January 2009 until December 2011. Before this day, he was the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), since January 2012. He is currently the Vice Chancellor and President of Albukhary International University (AIU), since July 2018.
His works include more than 20 books and proceedings, 120 journal articles, 20 keynote and invited papers, 230 conference papers, popular writings and technical reports. He was made the Fellow of Academy of Science Malaysia (ASM) since April 2012. He was the Founder President, Society of Vibration and Acoustics Malaysia (SVAM) since November 2012 untill November 2016. He has won Anugerah Buku Terjemahan Terbaik (Bahasa Melayu ke Bahasa Inggeris) entitled “A Transformation Journey: 55 Tips on Personal and Career Excellence” (2014) and Anugerah Buku Negara for his book entitled “Wealth Creation From Commercialisation Of R&D Products – Real Life Experiences of Malaysian Researchers” (2015).
He has won more than 20 medals and awards in academic and research areas, including two gold medals from Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF 2004) in Seoul, Korea and International Research Showcase (2007) in Nurnberg, Germany.
In addition, he has also received several awards in excellence that includes ‘Anugerah Khas Kualiti (Special Quality Award)’, Kategori Kumpulan Pengurusan Makmal Terbaik, UKM (The Best Lab Management, 2002); `Anugerah Khidmat Cemerlang (Excellence Service Award)’, UKM (2003); `Anugerah Khas Kualiti (Quality Special Award)’, Kategori Individu (Individual Category) UKM 2005; and Anugerah Makmal Cemerlang (Excellence Lab Award - Research), Faculty of Engineering, UKM 2007.
He is a Certified NLP Coach (ANLPM), Certified NLP Practitioner & Certified NLP Trainer (NFNLP-USA).
Professor Datuk Dr. Denison Jayasooria
Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), UKM and Co Chair Malaysian CSO-SDG Alliance
Professor Datuk Dr. Denison Jayasooria (PJN, PhD) is a Principal Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) since Sept 2008. He is Professor of Practice in public advocacy. He was also awarded the United Nations Malaysia Award 2017 for contributions to the SDGs on Oct 24, 2017. He is Co Chair of the Malaysian CSO-SDG Alliance. He was appointed a member of the National Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Steering Committee at the Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister’s Department in Nov 2016. Also appointed member of the Leadership Council, SDG Solutions Network Malaysia (SDSN Malaysia) for 2017-2018.