Si-Zhao Joe Qin, Ph.D., is President of Lingnan University in Hong Kong and was Acting Dean and Chair Professor of Data Science at City University of Hong Kong. He served on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin and University of Southern California (USC) for 24 years. Qin is the recipient of the U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Northrop Grumman Best Teaching Award at USC Viterbi School of Engineering, IEEE CSS Transition to Practice Award, AIChE CAST Computing Award, and IFAC Best Paper Prize. He holds over a dozen U.S. patents that have been commercially practiced by four U.S. companies. He has published around 400 peer-reviewed journal or conference articles, book chapters, and plenary, keynote, or regular conference talks, and has a SCOPUS h-index of 73. Qin is a Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors, AIChE, IEEE, and International Federation of Automatic Control.
Prof Tao Tang
President Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College
Professor Tao Tang obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Peking University in 1984, followed by a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Leeds in 1989. He was the Dean of Science and Associate Vice-President of Hong Kong Baptist University, the Vice-President and Provost of the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech). From 2019 to present, he has been the President of Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College (UIC).
Professor Tang was widely known for his expertise in the fields of computational mathematics and computational fluid dynamics. He was awarded the Leslie Fox Prize in Numerical Analysis, the Feng Kang Prize for Scientific Computing, the Natural Science Award by the Ministry of Education of China, and the National Natural Science Award of China. In 2018, he was invited to deliver an invited lecture at the International Congress of Mathematicians.
Professor Tang was elected as a Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2017 and a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences in 2022. He was also elected as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).
Prof Shoichiro Iwakiri
President International Christian University
Professor Shoichiro Iwakiri was born in 1959 in Japan. He acquired his master’s degree in literature from the University of Tokyo Graduate School, and DEA from the Université Paris 7.
His specialty is modern and contemporary French poetry and drama. His research is focused especially on Baudelaire (19thcentury French poet). He published a monography on him (Chrysalis and Imago : poetics of Baudelaire, Shinsui Editions, Japan, 2006, 382 pages (in Japanese)) and many refereed articles on poetry, drama and literature in general.
He has translated more than 20 French classic and contemporary plays from Racine to Yasmina Reza, and is also a poet.
He started teaching at ICU as assistant professor in 1996 and became professor in 2007.
Prior to becoming President in 2020, he was Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Director of the Admissions Center and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.
Chief Executive Officer Lenovo PCCW Solutions
Mr Jerry Li is the CEO of Lenovo PCCW Solutions and is responsible for leading the company’s strategic direction, spreading innovating and fostering a culture of excellence. Since September 2021, Mr Li has also held the position of Managing Director of PCCW Solutions, putting to use his strong background in developing corporate strategies and leading business transformations.
Prior to joining PCCW Solutions, he was the Deputy Director of MTR Corporation, responsible for collaborating closely with the Board, CEO and leaders across departments to develop a new corporate strategy to drive financial and social objectives, with digital transformation being a critical enabler.
Mr Li spent over 11 years at Accenture as a Managing Director with leadership roles across numerous practices including Consulting, Technology, Digital and Operations, with a focus on advisory and system integration delivery to clients in the Asia Pacific region.
Prof Shalendra Sharma
Associate Vice-President (Academic Quality Assurance and Internationalisation) Lingnan University
Shalendra D. Sharma is the Lee Shau Kee Foundation Chair Professor of Political Science. A political-economist by training, Sharma is the author of: Prosperity with Inequality: A Comparative Political Economy of the United States, China and India (New York: Cambridge University Press 2018); Global Financial Contagion: The Great Recession and the World Economy (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013); China and India in the Age of Globalization (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009), which was the winner of the 2010 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award; Achieving Economic Development in the Era of Globalization (Routledge, 2007); The Asian Financial Crisis: Meltdown, Reform and Recovery (Manchester University Press, 2003); Democracy and Development in India (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1999), which won the Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 1999; and editor of Asia in the New Millennium: Geopolitics, Security and Foreign Policy (Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, 2000).
Prof Michael Hui
Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs University of Macau
Professor Michael K. Hui obtained his BBA (First Class Honors) from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 1980, his CAAE from IAE Aix-en-Provence in 1983, and his PhD from London Business School in 1988. Prior to joining the University of Macau, Professor Hui was Head of the Department of Marketing and Choh-Ming Li Professor of Marketing at the CUHK. Professor Hui joined the CUHK as an Associate Professor in 1996 after holding academic appointments at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (1994–1996) and Concordia University in Canada (1989–1996). At the CUHK, he was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1999 and to the rank of Chair Professor in 2004. Concurrent with his professorial appointments, Professor Hui has also served as Associate Dean and Director of BBA programme of the Faculty of Business Administration (1999–2002), Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (2004–2008), and Pro-Vice-Chancellor/Vice-President (2009–2017) during his twenty-three years of services at the CUHK.
Professor Hui’s teaching and research interests include services marketing, consumer behavior, and cross-cultural marketing. His articles have appeared in many top-ranked journals, including, among others, the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. One of his early papers (Hui and Bateson, 1991) has been widely recognized as the first services marketing paper published by the Journal of Consumer Research, one of the top journals in the field of marketing. Another paper, co-authored by Professor Hui and three colleagues (Hui, Zhao, Fan, and Au, 2004) is the first ever article published by the Journal of Consumer Research by an author who is affiliated with a business school in Mainland China. He is currently an Editorial Review Board member of the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Retailing, Psychology and Marketing, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, and Journal of Business Research. After Professor Hui was appointed an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Retailing in 2003, on three occasions he was awarded the Outstanding Reviewer Award.
Professor Hui has taught in every major business program including the BBA, MBA, EMBA and PhD. The quality of his teaching is evidenced by the number of teaching awards he won at the CUHK, such as the first Outstanding Teacher Award presented by the CUHK Business School in 2003 and the campus-wide Vice-Chancellor Exemplary Teaching Award in 2004.
Professor Hui has rendered consultancy and training services to many public and private organizations in Hong Kong and beyond. He is also active in community services and is currently the chairperson of the Consumer Relations Panel appointed by the Tourism Commission of HKSAR, a member of the Board of Governors of Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, and a member of the Insurance Appeals Tribunal of Hong Kong. Between 2012 and 2017, he served as a member of the Hong Kong Consumer Council and spokesperson of Choice magazine, the Council’s flagship publication. In 2017, he was awarded the Medal of Honor by the Hong Kong SAR Government for his contributions to the local community, especially in the area of consumer education and protection.
Prof Datuk Dr Muhammad Bin Hussin
Prof Chulathida Chomchai
Dean Mahidol University International College
Chulathida Chomchai is a Professor of Pediatrics and is the dean of Mahidol University International College since October 2018 – present. She is also an adjunct instructor in Pediatrics and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital since 2010-present. Prof. Chulathida served as MUIC-SGU Doctor of Medicine Pathway Liaison since 2012-present and assistant dean for research from 2010-2014.
Prof Satoshi Inaba
Dean, School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) Waseda University
Satoshi INABA was born in Saitama, Japan in 1969. He received Bachelor’s degree (1993), Master’s degree (1995), and Ph.D. (1999) in Applied Physics from Tokyo Institute of Technology. He spent three years (1999-2002) as a JSPS overseas research fellow and a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Institution of Washington, and three years (2002-2005) as a JSPS Research Fellow at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille. He joined the School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University in 2005, where he is now a Professor and the Dean of the school. His prime research interest has been in the formation of stars and planets. His recent interests include chemical reactions in aqueous solution and the origin of life.
Prof Leng Ming-ming
Dean of the Faculty of Business Lingnan University
Mingming Leng is the Chair Professor of Computing and Decision Sciences and the Dean of the Faculty of Business. He also served the University as the Head of Department of Computing and Decision Sciences in August 2014–August 2017, the Founding Director of the Doctor of Business Administration in Global Digital Economy and Governance Programme (January–August 2021), and the Founding Director of the Master of Science Programme in eBusiness and Supply Chain management at Lingnan University (August 2015–August 2017).
Professor Leng holds a Ph.D. degree in Management Science/System from McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business, Canada. His research interests are centered on game theory (with a focus on cooperative game theory), operations and supply chain management, and interface between operations and other disciplines. Professor Leng has published over 50 papers in top-tier or highly-respected journals such as Management Science, Operations Research, Production and Operations Management, Naval Research Logistics, IISE Transactions, and others. Moreover, he has obtained a number of General Research Fund (GRF) grants from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC).
Professor Leng is an RGC Council member and also serves the RGC Business Studies Panel (Joint Research Schemes) as a panel member. He has contributed to the National Natural Science Foundation of China as an assessor for a variety of research grants schemes. Professor Leng is also a member in the Editorial Review Board of Production and Operations Management. In addition to academic experiences, he has five years working experience in industry.
Prof William Hayward
Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences Lingnan University
Professor William Hayward is Chair Professor of Psychology and Dean of Social Sciences at Lingnan University. He has a BA and MA from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a PhD in Psychology from Yale University. He has held academic positions at the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Auckland, and the University of Wollongong. Professor Hayward’s research focuses on how we achieve understanding of the world around us through our use of visual information; in particular, he measures both behaviour and neural activity in response to faces and objects, and to shifts of visual attention. He is Associate Editor of the British Journal of Psychology and was formerly the Associate Editor of Visual Cognition. His research has been published in leading international journals such as Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Psychological Science, Cerebral Cortex, Nature Neuroscience, and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.
Dr Marcia B. France
Associate Vice-Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies & the Language and Culture Center, Dean of Undergraduate Studies Duke Kunshan University
Dr. Marcia B. France earned her S.B. in chemistry from MIT, where she did research under 2001 and 2022 Nobel Laureate K. Barry Sharpless, and her M.S. in chemistry from Yale University. She was a National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow at Caltech, where she earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1995. Her work on the development of ruthenium catalysts for olefin metathesis was cited in the 2005 Nobel Prize Address by her research mentor, Robert H. Grubbs.
She joined Duke Kunshan University in August 2018 as the inaugural Dean of Undergraduate Studies. She is responsible for the strategic development of undergraduate academic programs at DKU, developing and implementing undergraduate academic policies and procedures, undergraduate academic advising, undergraduate program assessment, and Global Education. Previously, Dr. France was the John T. Herwick, M.D. Professor of Chemistry at Washington and Lee University, where she also served as Associate Dean and Associate Provost.
Prof Diana Laurillard
Professor of Learning with Digital Technology UCL Knowledge Lab, University College London
Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technology at UCL Knowledge Lab, University College London. Formerly: Head of the e-Learning Strategy Unit at the government’s Department for Education and Skills; Pro-Vice-Chancellor Learning Technology and Teaching at the Open University. Previously served on: the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for IT in Education, Moscow; Visiting Committee on IT, Harvard University; currently on McGraw-Hill Editorial Advisory Board. Researching: ‘The Transformational Potential of MOOCs’ (Centre for Global HE, UCL-Oxford); ‘Future Education’ (RELIEF Centre, UCL-IGP); the Learning Designer tool. Leading the Blended and Online Learning Design course, free and open to all; adaptive games for low numeracy . Currently supervising MA and doctoral students researching educational technology. Recent book: Teaching as a Design Science, Routledge. Lifetime Contribution Award, E-Assessment Association; Honorary Life Membership for Association for Learning Technology and Club Fondation Universitaire, Belgium; Honorary Fellow UCL. Named in top 2% world scientists, Stanford University Jan 2022.
Prof Ngai Pun
Chair Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies Lingnan University
Prof Ngai Pun is a Chair Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University. She was honored as the winner of the C. Wright Mills Award for her first book Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace (2005), which has been translated into French and Chinese. Her co-authored book, Dying for iPhone: Foxconn and the Lives of Chinese Workers (2020) has also been translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Chinese. She is the sole author of Migrant Labor in China: Post Socialist Transformation (2016, Polity Press), editor of seven book volumes in Chinese and English. She has published widely in leading international journals such as positions, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Dialectical Anthropology, Mobilities, Sociology, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Sociological Review, Work, Employment and Society, Modern China, China Quarterly and China Journal, etc.
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