07.30 – 09.00 AM


Location:  Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention centre at Roselle-Simpor Ballroom, 4th level (face to face only)

08.00 – 09.00 AM

Breakfast sessions

  • What’s Next for UK-China Education and Research Collaboration?

Chair: Leina Shi, Director Education, British Council China


  • Dr Daniel Brooker, Director, UKRI China (virtual)
  • Matt Burney, Director, British Council China 
  • Prof Sue Welburn, Executive Dean, Zhejiang Edinburgh Institute, University of Edinburgh


  • International education closer to home: TNE and education hubs

Chair: Jazreel Goh, Country Director, British Council  Malaysia and EA Education Insights Hub Director and Fabrizio Trifiro, Head of Quality Benchmark Services Ecctis-UKENIC


  • Prof Chris Baldwin, CEO and Provost, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia
  • Prof Rick Bennett, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President British University Vietnam 
  • Dr Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General Association of Indian Universities
  • Wan Ahmad Saifuddin (Managing Director EduCity Iskandar)

09.15 – 11.00 AM

Opening plenary (Face to face and live stream) 

Opening Address: Maddalaine Ansell, Director of Education, British Council

Keynote title “The context for Education in a changing world” 

Keynote speaker: James Crabtree, Executive Director, IISS-Asia, The International Institute for Strategic Studies

Opening Panel: What would an equitable implementation of UNESCO’s Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications look like in practice?


  • Dr Cloud Bai-Yun, Chief Advisor, UK ENIC
  • Prof Hugh Brady, President Imperial College London
  • Prof Elizabeth Lee, Group Chief Executive, Sunway Education
  • Prof N.V. Varghese Vice Chancellor, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) 
  • Dr Libing Wang, Chief of Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development, UNESCO APAC 

11.00 - 11.30 AM



11.30 AM– 1.00 PM

Parallel session 1 

Parallel 1.1 - Digital transformation: an inclusive or exclusive future (Face to face only)

Chair: Nirupa Fernandez, Regional Head of Marketing, Cultural Engagement, Asia Pacific, British Council


    • Prof Sampath Amaratunge, Chairman, University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka
    • Tony Medhurst, Hertford Regional College
    • Prof Venky Shankararaman (PhD), Vice Provost (Education) and Professor of Information Systems (Education), Singapore Management University
    • Myleeta Aga Williams, CEO, upGrad International

Parallel 1.2 - Decolonisation of higher education (Face to face only)

Chair:  Dr. Asha de Vos, Founder Executive Director, Oceanswell Sri Lanka


  • Prof Suranjan Das, Vice-Chancellor, Jadavpur University
  • Aditya Malkani, Regional Director, Membership, Asia Pacific, The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
  • Prof Lucy Mazdon, Pro Vice-Chancellor & Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University

Parallel 1.3 - How can systemic partnerships in higher education contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals? (Face to face only)

Chair: Nicolette Stoddart Head of Scholarships, Tertiary Education and Partnerships Department / Deputy Director, Education, Gender and Equality, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office


  • Mr Awais Ahmed, Gateway, Higher Education Commission, Pakistan
  • Prof David Weller,  International Dean SE Asia, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof Tim White, Vice President (International Engagement), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Parallel 1.4 - Innovation in emerging economies: Does university-industry linkage matter for graduate employability? (Face to face and livestream) 

Chair: Natalie Black, The HM Trade Commissioner, Asia Pacific


  • Dr Arshad Ahmed, Vice Chancellor,  Lahore University of Management Sciences
  • Katherine PhD, Rector of i3L (Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences)
  • Dr David Pilsbury. Chief Development Officer, Oxford International Education Group

1.00 – 2.00 PM


2.00 – 3.30 PM

Masterclasses (Face to face only)

Sponsored by IELTS:

Building Foundations for International Student Success: Standards in Language Testing

Chair: Stephen Carey, Head of Relationship Management, IELTS


  • Andrew Blackhurst, Principal Research and Validation Manager (IELTS), Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Sponsored by Vita Student:

The evolving role of accommodation in the international education industry


  • Max Bielby, Chief Operating Officer, Vita Group

Sponsored by Oxford International Education Group: 

From acquisition cost to zeitgeist and everything in between: The role of Public - private partnerships in delivering strategic outcomes

Chair: David Pilsbury, Chief Development Officer, Oxford International Education Group


  • Andy Caldwell, Group Chief Commercial Officer - Oxford International Education Group
  • Jazreel Goh, Country Director Malaysia and EA Education Insights Hub Director
  • Edwin van Rest, CEO & Co-founder, Studyportals  
  • John Wood, Former CEO of university partnerships, Navitas
  • Justin Wood, Director, Partner Relations, Applyboard 

3.30 – 4.00 PM



4.00 – 5.30 PM

Parallel session 2 

Parallel 2.1 - Climate action: HEI’s contribution to resilience and adaptation  (Face to face only)

Chair: Dr Mona Anand, Director - Coalition for Disaster Resilience Infrastructure (CDRI)


  • Dr Nguyen Quoc Chinh, Director, Centre for Educational Testing and Quality Assessment, Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City
  • Prof Simon Guy, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Global, Lancaster University
  • Dr Sarosh Hashmat Lodhi, Vice-Chancellor, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan


Parallel 2.2 - Research collaboration and innovation (Face to face only)

Chair: Elinor Buxton, Regional Director, South East Asia Science & Innovation, British High Commission Singapore


  • Van Cung Lian, Principal, Victoria Academy, Myanmar
  • Prof Brad Mackay, Vice-Principal, International Strategy and External Relations, University of St Andrews
  • Prof Ram Gopal Rao, Pillay Chair Professor in Electrical Engineering and the immediate Past Director of IIT Delhi


Parallel 2.3 - Social value of transnational education (Face to face only)

Chair: Kevin van Cauter, Principal Consultant, British Council 


  • Assoc Prof Tien Dao, Vice President of Foreign Trade University, Vietnam
  • Dr Paul Marshall, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Careers & Enterprise), University of East London 
  • Lily Freida Milla, Director of the International Affairs unit of the Commission on Higher Education, Philippines  
  • Dr Suzanna Tomassi (SFHEA), Higher Education Specialist, Services and Skills Directorate, Department for International Trade 
  • Prof Christopher Ziguras  Deputy Dean, International, RMIT Australia

Parallel 2.4 - Does a university experience make alumni more socially mobile? (Face to face and livestream) 

Chair: Rachel Sandison, Vice-Principal, External Relations, University of Glasgow


  • Prof Ray Gordon, Vice-Chancellor of British University Vietnam
  • Prof C Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University
  • Prof Joanne B Y Lim, Associate Dean (Admissions, Recruitment & Marketing) Global Engagement Lead, University of Nottingham Malaysia
  • Zaim Mohzani, Co-Founder of Nation Building School

See also