Invited Speakers

    • Dr Kiyoshi Kurokawa

      Dr Kiyoshi Kurokawa Academic FellowNational Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

      A graduate of University of Tokyo Faculty of Medicine; in the US, 1969-85, was a professor of medicine, departments of medicine of UCLA School of Medicine (1979-84), of University of Tokyo, (1989-96), Dean of the Medical School at Tokai University (1996-2002), President of Science Council of Japan (2003-06), Science Advisor to the Prime Minister (2006-08). He served as an executive member of many national and international professional societies of his disciplines, Commissioner of WHO (2005-09), serve as Board members of A*STAR (Singapore), Khalifa University (Abu Dhabi), Advisory Boar...

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    • Mr Walter Echo-Hawk

      Mr Walter Echo-Hawk Legal CounselCrowe & Dunlevy

      As a Native American rights attorney since 1973, Walter worked at the epicenter of a great social movement alongside visionary tribal leaders, visited tribes in indigenous habitats throughout North America, and was instrumental in the passage of landmark laws – such as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (1990) and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments (1994). He litigated in any of the epic struggles and has written extensively about the rise of modern Indian nations as a Native American author with first-hand experience, most recently in his new gr...

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    • Prof. Abtar Kaur

      Prof. Abtar Kaur Professor of ELearningOpen University Malaysia

      Abtar has 31 years of teaching experience. She had incorporated many varied instructional design principles in her teaching and learning activities especially after obtaining MS in Instructional Design from Syracuse University in 1986 and PhD in Web-based Learning, from the University of Malaya in 2001. Before joining the Open University Malaysia in 2002 as Director of centre for Instructional Design and Technology, Abtar taught at the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya and also worked as an Instructional Designer at the Multimedia Development Centre in the same university. Histo...

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    • Prof. Hurriyet Babacan

      Prof. Hurriyet Babacan Professor of Social WorkUniversity of New England

      Professor Hurriyet Babacan is currently the Professor of Social Work and Development at the University of New England, Australia. Until recently she was Foundation Director of the Cairns Institute at James Cook University. The Institute brought together the expertise and intellectual resources of more than 25 academic disciplines, creating a uniquely robust and relevant research, consulting, training and teaching hub for Northern Australia, South and South-East Asia and the Pacific. Professor Babacan has a distinguished career over the last 30 years in senior roles in higher education, publ...

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    • Dr Dieter Mueller-Dombois

      Dr Dieter Mueller-Dombois Emeritus Professor, Department of BotanyUniversity of Hawaii Manoa

      Dr. Mueller-Dombois received his Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from the University of British Columbia in 1960, and was awarded an Honorable Doctor’s Degree in Engineering (Dr. h.c.) from Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus, Germany in 2004. In 43 years of study, learning, and teaching at the University of Hawaii, and in collaboration with a number of colleagues, his studies of the vegetational ecology of the Pacific Islands resulted in over 200 published articles and books on basic and applied Pacific science. Among these are four major synthesis books and textbooks including entitled “Ai...

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    • Prof. Richard Kenchington

      Prof. Richard Kenchington Visiting Professorial FellowAustralian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong

      A marine ecologist, he studied crown of thorns starfish and large scale surveys of the Great Barrier Reef and was a foundation member of the planning and research staff of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in 1977, retiring in 1999 as Executive Director of the Authority. He is currently a professor at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security of the University of Wollongong, Australia. Current research includes synthesis of a trans disciplinary CSIRO Coastal Cluster project concerning barriers to the application of science in coastal zone management for cl...

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    • Ms Judith Francis

      Ms Judith Francis Senior Programme Coordinator, Science & Technology PolicyTechnical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA)

      Judith Ann Francis is Senior Programme Coordinator, Science and Technology Policy at the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) based in the Netherlands. Since joining CTA in 2003, she has been responsible for promoting science, technology and innovation (ST&I) for agriculture and rural development in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. Through her leadership; improving foresighting capacity and tertiary education in agriculture as well as recognizing and rewarding excellence of women scientists and young professionals have gained prominence ...

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    • Prof. Elisabeth Holland

      Prof. Elisabeth Holland Director for the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD) The University of the South Pacific

      Professor Holland is the Director for the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD) and a Professor of Climate Change at USP. She was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Professor Holland was an author of the Second, Third, Fourth and now Fifth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She will present the scientific evidence for the changing climate system, background on the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) process, how fossil fuel ...

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    • Prof. Mohd Nordin Hasan

      Prof. Mohd Nordin Hasan International Council for Science (ICSU), Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP)

      Nordin Hasan is a graduate of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Malaya (1967 -1971) and the Faculty of Science, University of London (1971-1974) where he obtained his PhD. He was a professor of zoology, Faculty of Life Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (1983 – 2003) and was the founding director of the University’s Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI). He was appointed Emeritus Professor (Environment and Development) Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2005 and is currently President, Science Council of Asia and Distinguished Fellow of the Institute for Strategic ...

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