Sir Steve Smith

Sir Steve has written or edited 13 books and almost 100 academic papers. He has a BSc in Politics and International Studies, a MSc in International Studies and a PhD in International Relations, all from the University of Southampton. Three out of five  his focus to enhance education programmes are in the Asia Pacific- India, Indonesia and Vietnam. Sir Steve was knighted in 2011 for services to higher education. In 2019 he was awarded Freeman of the City of Exeter. 

Dr Cloud Bai-Yun

Dr Bai-Yun has transformed UKNARIC to an internationally recognised leading information service provider. Her career history includes designing and developing the National Reference Point for Vocational Qualifications; the National Europass Centre; the National Contact Point on Professional Qualifications, and the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training Centre for England. Her doctoral research was in Slavonic Studies and Linguistics, at the University of Leeds.

Dr. Romyen Kosaikanont

Dr Kosaikanont leads a British Council supported project - Strengthening Leadership with Gender Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity in Higher Education Intuitions in the Greater Mekong Subregion and Timor-Leste.

She was previously VP for International Affairs of Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand and served the DAAD International Dean Course, the Japan ASEAN Integration Fund for the Capacity Building Project for the Greater Mekong Subregion, and CIDA Sustainable Environmental Management Project.

Maddalaine Ansell

Previously worked, for 15 years as a Civil Servant with stints in the Treasury, Number 10, the Home Office and the then Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.  She began her career as a corporate lawyer, working for both Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Sullivan & Cromwell. She leads the Global Education Strategy and Portfolio working collaboratively with colleagues in British Council offices across the world and with HMG, the Devolved Administrations and the HE Sector. 

Mr Libing Wang

Libing’s role at UNESCO covers HE, TE, TVET, and research and foresight in Asia Pacific. He was a Prof. of Comparative Education at Zhejiang University, People’s Republic of China and served as director of UNESCO-APEID Associated Centre there for over 10 years. From 2002 to 2012, he was secretary of the GUNI-AP where he coordinated the operation of the regional network. He is a consultant to the CNC for UNESCO. Libing has a doctorate in Comparative Education from Hangzhou University. 

Professor Lily Kong

Prof Kong is the first Singaporean to lead SMU and the first Singaporean woman to head a Singapore university.

An award-winning researcher known for her work on urban transformations, and social and cultural change in Asia, she was identified by Stanford University in 2020 as among the world’s top 1% of scientists in Geography. 

She was inducted into the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame (2022), included in the Forbes Inaugural 50 over 50 (Asia 2022), and in Forbes Asia’s Power Businesswomen (2020).

Professor N.V. Varghese

Professor Varghese is the Vice Chancellor of National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi. He is also the Founding Director of Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education. He was previously Head of Governance and Management in Education at the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP/UNESCO), Paris, and Head of Training and Education Programmes where he designed and introduced the IIEP Master’s programme in educational planning and management.

James Crabtree

James plays a leading role in organising the annual IISS Shangri-La Dialogue and the IISS Fullerton Forum: The Shangri-La Sherpa Meeting, as well as the IISS Fullerton Lecture series. He also leads the growing IISS research team in Singapore focused on the Asia-Pacific and contributes to IISS publications.