Sub-theme 1: Teacher Education and Lifelong Learning

Dr Chantavit Sujatanond

Centre Director, SEAMEO RIHED

Dr Chantavit Sujatanond holds a AB. in English and Public Administration (1969), an MA degree in Linguistics and a PhD degree in Education Administration, EdS in Curriculum Development & Instruction (1977) from Michigan State University, USA. She also received Elaine K Komo Award of the East-West Centre, Hawaii, for outstanding accomplishment in strengthening internationalisation (1992).

Dr Chantavit is currently the Centre Director of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development or SEAMEO RIHED and was earlier the Deputy Director (Administration and Communication) of SEAMEO Secretariat during 2004-2007. She was the Deputy Secretary-General for the Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC), Ministry of Education (MOE) Thailand during 2007- 2009 added up to almost two decades of service at OHEC. Earlier posts before were Director of International Cooperation at the National Education Council and Inspector General at MOE.

In her administerial capacities at OHEC, she represented Thailand in various intergovernmental cooperation platforms both regional and international including bilateral cooperation with Thailand partnering countries in Asia and other continents, and also multi-lateral cooperation with regional and international organisations.

Sub-theme 2: Making Accessible and Inclusive Quality Education Happen

Ms Khor Sim Suan

Deputy Director, Training Programme Division, SEAMEO RECSAM, Malaysia

Ms Khor Sim Suan is presently the Deputy Director at Training Programme Division, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization, Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (SEAMEO RECSAM). She obtained a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Houston, United States in 1997 and Bachelor’s Degree in Science with Education (Hons), majoring Chemistry from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in 1987. Prior to that, she has been appointed as Expert Teacher for Chemistry since 2003 by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia, and bestowed the Innovative Teacher Award by the Penang State Education Department in 2010. She has presented papers on the teaching and learning of chemistry at the Excellent Teachers’ National Conference (2008, 2010) and the Penang International Action Research Seminar (2009). She has also conducted workshops for primary and secondary teachers on how to make science learning fun.

Dr Jesus C Fernandez

Deputy Director for Programme, SEAMEO BIOTROP, Indonesia

Dr Jesus Fernandez is currently the Deputy Director for Programme of the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Tropical Biology (BIOTROP) which is based in Bogor, Indonesia. He is now serving his third term of office since he assumed the post in 2011.

Before joining SEAMEO BIOTROP, Dr Fernandez served as the Technical Coordinator of the Southeast Asian Network for Agroforestry Education (SEANAFE), a capacity building project of the World Agroforestry Centre, from 2006-2010. From 2003-2006, he served as the Training Department Manager of the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) from 2003-2006. With SEARCA, he coordinated several regional as well as in-country training courses on Advanced Higher Education Administrators Development (AHEAD). In 2015, Dr Fernandez was recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Development Communication and, at the same time, as one of the Outstanding Alumni of the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) in the area of Communication for International Development.

He earned his BS and MS degrees in Development Communication and PhD degree in Community Development from UPLB, and has published and co-edited a number of books and journal articles in the field of agroforestry education, academic networking, and tropical biology related topics.

Sub-theme 3: Enhancing Regional Competitiveness through STEM Education

Ms Porntip Kanjananiyot

Special Advisor, SEAMEO RIHED, Ministry of Education, Thailand

Ms Porntip Kanjananiyot currently serves as Special Advisor for SEAMEO Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development. Before then she has worked in various capacities, most of which related to education. She was Executive Director of Thailand– U.S. Educational Foundation (Fulbright Thailand) for 11 years (2003-2014). She was a Director of the International Cooperation Strategy Bureau and Higher Education Standards Bureau, Commission on Higher Education (formerly known as Ministry of University Affairs). Throughout her career, she has worked in several ministries, including Education, the Prime Minister’s Office (Office of the National Education Commission), and University Affairs. Her main experiences are various aspects of international cooperation, e.g. internationalization, cross-culture, setting up regional organizations, etc.

She served as an assessor, since the inception of Thailand Quality Award (modelled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award of the U.S.) in 2002 till 2015; and has been active in introducing the Baldrige’s Education Criteria for Performance Excellence (EdPEx) in the higher education circle. She was an assessor for higher education institutions for two cycles of external assessment managed by the Office of the National Education Standards and Quality Assessment. In addition, she has been serving as a member on a few committees relating to education, international cooperation, and language.

She got her bachelor’s degree with honours in education from Chulalongkorn University and holds two master’s degrees from Columbia University (New York), one in international education development, and one in educational administration.

Dr Wahyudi

Centre Director, SEAMEO QITEP in Mathematics, Indonesia

Dr Wahyudi holds his bachelor in Education (1993) from the Open University, Indonesia. He completed his master degree in 1997 from the State University of New York, USA and pursued a doctoral degree in Education at the Curtin University of Technology, Australia (2004).

Starting his career as a senior high school, Dr Wahyudi has also held several positions in the area of education. He worked as a research specialist at SEAMEO RECSAM, Penang, Malaysia (2006-2010). He then worked for SEAMEO Regional Centre for QITEP in Mathematics as a research specialist (2009-2011) and was assigned as the Deputy Director for Programme at the Centre (2011-2016). Currently, Dr Wahyudi holds the position as the Director of SEAMEO Regional Centre for QITEP in Mathematics.

Dr Wahyudi is also active in some research activities. He has been in charge in research on DRR and Mathematics Regional Wide Assessment conducting by the SEAMEO Regional Centre for QITEP in Mathematics. In 2012 and 2016, he was invited as Visiting Foreign Research Fellow by CRICED, the University of Tsukuba Japan, to conduct research on integrating education for DRR into mathematics lesson.

Since 2003, Dr Wahyudi has published a number of journal articles in the field of mathematics and science education and now he is the chief editor for the Southeast Asian Mathematics Education Journal (SEAMEJ).

Sub-theme 4: Digital Learning in a Borderless World

Ms Susan Leong

Centre Director, SEAMEO RELC, Singapore

Ms Susan Leong holds a BA Hons in Geography (1985) from the University of Cambridge, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Geography) from the University of London, Institute of Education (1986), and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration (1992) from Harvard University.

Ms Susan Leong has worked in various positions in the area of education in government schools in Singapore, starting as a teacher in Raffles Junior College (1986-1990), Head of Department in Catholic High School (1990-1993) and Vice-Principal in New Town Secondary School (1994), before becoming a Principal in Outram Secondary School (1995-1997). She went on to lead 3 other schools as Principal after that: Cedar Girls’ Secondary School (2001-2005), Anderson Junior College (2006-2011), and Temasek Junior College (2012-2015).

In addition to working in schools, Ms Susan Leong was posted to the Ministry of Education and served as Deputy Director, Planning, (Education Policy and International Relations Branch) from 1998-2000. She was posted to lead SEAMEO RELC as Centre Director wef Jan 2016.

Sub-theme 5: Education in Emergencies and the Role of School Community

Dr Ho Thanh My Phuong

Centre Director, SEAMEO RETRAC, Vietnam

Dr Ho Thanh My Phuong has been working as an instructor and educational manager at Higher Education for over 25 years. In addition, she has been an active moderator in many training workshops regarding Educational Leadership and management, educational research, English teaching methodology, curriculum and course development, assessment, , etc. both domestically and internationally. Dr Phuong is a visiting lecturer at Masters Degree programmes offered by Curtin University, Australia, Houston Universisity USC and Open University, Ho Chi Minh City. She has been the principle supervisor of many research theses of undergraduate students at An Giang University and Masters degree students at the University of Social Science and Humanity in Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho University and Open University. In addition, she is the chief investigator in several educational research projects including those cooperated with foreign instituions.

Dr Ho Thanh My Phuong earned her Bachelor Degree of Arts in English Teaching from the University of Education in Ho Chi Minh City. She then earned a Master Degree of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Canberra, Australia. In the year 2000 she won a scholarship from the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Programme and went to study at the University of Southern California, USA. From this university she earned her Master Degree of Science in Education in 2002 and Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and Management in August 2004.

At SEAMEO RETRAC, Dr Phuong was the Dean of the Division of Education and Deputy Director of SEAMEO RETRAC before being promoted to the Director in 2012.

Sub-theme 6: Bridging Skills Development for Global and Local Demands

Mr Prasert Tepanart

Deputy Director (Administration and Communication), SEAMEO Secretariat, Thailand

Mr Tepanart is currently the Deputy Director for Administration and Communication in SEAMEO Secretariat. He had been the Regional Director for Aide et Action South East Asia and China in charge of Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Laos and Hong Kong since 2008. Prior to joining Aide et Action, he worked with UNICEF, Thailand and the International Labour Organisation in charge of various countries for Asia and the Pacific. He received Master of Business Administration from Institut Superieur de Gestion in Paris, New York and Tokyo.

Dr Safani Bari

Deputy Director for Research and Training, SEAMEO SEN, Malaysia

Dr Safani Bari holds a BA (Hons) Special Education (1991), and M.Ed. Special Education in Deafness Studies (1995) and PhD in Special Education (2012) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He has worked in several positions in the area of Education and Special Education for 38 years (1979-Now) at Ministry of Education (MoE) Malaysia, work as a Teacher for 18 years (1979-1997) at Primary and Secondary School, as an Assistant Director for 1 year (1997-1998) at Special Education Department Ministry of Education (MoE) Malaysia, as a Lecturer for 18 years (1998-2016) at Nasional University Malaysia and as a Deputy Director at SEAMEO Regional Centre for Special Education (SEAMEO SEN).

Since 2018, Dr Safani has worked in several organizations. From 2007-2008 he served as Assistant Director of the Special Education Department at the Ministry of Education (MoE) in Malaysia where he was in charge of Curriculum development for Special Education programme. He then served as a Principal at the Ungku Omar College, Nasional University in Malaysia (2008-2010). Beginning in March 2017, Dr Safani worked with SEAMEO Regional Centre for Special Education (SEAMEO SEN) as a Deputy Director the Research and Training till now.

Dr Safani has published and co-edited a number of books and journal articles in the field of Special Education.

Sub-theme 7: Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Education and Community Development

Dr Margarita Consolacion C Ballesteros

Director IV, International Cooperation, Department of Education, Philippines

Dr Margarita Consolacion Ballesteros works at the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) as Director for External Partnerships Service. She is the Department’s senior focal person for partnerships with multilateral and bilateral agencies, the private sector, local government units, national government agencies, and civil society organizations. She provides oversight to the Department’s International Cooperation Office, Private Sector Partnerships Unit and Government and Community Partnerships Unit.

Before joining the Department, she served at the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Teacher Education Programme Development Officer IV and Supervising Education Programme Specialist in conventional programmes.

Dr Ballesteros has a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology, Reading Education and Spiritual Theology. She also has a PhD in Public Administration and Governance. Furthermore, she was also part of the Philippine Qualification Framework (PQF) Secretariat and a member of CHTE. Dr Ballesteros was also a member of the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Working Committee while in CHED. She also took part in an AUSAID project in higher education and was involved in many activities related to gender awareness and development.

Wrap Up Session

Ms Duriya Amatavivat

Assistant Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Thailand

Ms Duriya is currently the Assistant Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education. In her capacity of international affairs, she had been appointed the various positions as in the Director of Bureau of International Cooperation, Office of the Permanent Secretary, and accordingly the Deputy Permanent Delegate of Thailand to UNESCO. Based on training experiences, she was given not only the Advanced Certificate Course in Public Administration and Law for Executives from King Prajadhipok’s Institute but also the National Defense Course 2013 from Thailand National Defense College. She received the Master of Public Administration from Old Dominion University, USA.

Dr Ethel Agnes P Valenzuela

Deputy Director (Programme and Development), SEAMEO Secretariat, Thailand

Dr Valenzuela is presently the Deputy Director for Programme and Development of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Secretariat (SEAMES). She was Head/Senior Specialist of the Educational Research and Innovation Office of SEAMEO INNOTECH from 2006 to June 2015 and a Senior Professorial Lecturer at the University of the Philippines College of Education in Diliman, Quezon City.

Her expertise is on educational policy research in the areas of internalization of higher education and teacher education. She has published international and local articles, journals, technical reports and guidelines for some SEAMEO and other international organizations such as UNESCO, UNICEF, CHED and DepED. Among her well-noted research publications were: The Southeast Asian Teaching Standards, Multigrade Quality Indicators in Southeast Asia, K to 12 Regional Comparison in Asia, Philippine Higher Education Guide (CHED), Quality Assurance, Mutual Recognition in Higher Education (UNESCO Paris), Toolkit for the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications (UNESCO BKK), Toolkit for National Information Centres (UNESCO Bangkok), ESD toolkit, Internationalization of Philippine Higher Education (UNESCO Natcom) to name a few. She also published Philippine Education in the International Encyclopedia of Education under Elsevier London.

Dr Valenzuela holds Doctor of Education in Educational Management and a Career Executive Service Officer IV rank (CESO IV) in the Philippine Government. She is a member of various international professional and academic organizations including the Phi Lambda Theta Honor Society of Women Leaders in Education and the Phi Delta Kappa. She was awarded as Philippine Normal University’s Blue Ribbon Award for Distinguished Alumni in 2013, and a World Bank Fellow in Multilingual Education.