Title: Social Responsibility, Artificial Intelligence, Technology and Entrepreneurship: What Lies Ahead for Higher Education?

Prof. Barrett Hazeltine

Professor Emeritus
Brown University, USA

Barrett Hazeltine was Professor of Engineering at Brown University.  He is now Professor Emeritus but continues to teach at Brown. From 1972 to 1992 he was also Associate Dean of the College. He is a graduate of Princeton University–BSE – 1953, MSE – 1956 and the University of Michigan–Ph.D. – 1962.

In 1991-92 he held the Robert Foster Cherry Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Baylor University.  He was awarded teaching citations from thirteen senior classes at Brown University until the award was named in his honor. In 2015 he received the Susan Colver Rosenberger, the highest award the Brown Faculty can bestow.  He has received various other awards.

He has taught at the University of Zambia in 1970 and 1976, at the University of Malawi in 1980-81, 1983-84, and 1988-89, at the University of Botswana in 1993, and Africa University in Zimbabwe–1996-97, 2000, and 2006.   He has also taught or consulted in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa. He was a Fulbright lecturer in 1988-89 and 1993. 

His research deals with appropriate technology, entrepreneurship, and management of technology companies. He teaches courses in these areas, with a particular interest in technological literacy.

Two books he has authored, both with Christopher Bull are: Field Guide to Appropriate Technology and Appropriate Technology: Tools, Choices, and Implications.

He was a Trustee of Stevens Institute of Technology and was on advisory committees at Baylor University, Roger Williams University, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  He was also a Trustee of the Paul Cuffee School, a charter school in Providence and active in other organizations.


Title: Elevating Sustainable Development through Regional and Global Collaboration

Dr Martina Jordaan

Community Engagement Research and Postgraduate Studies
University of Pretoria

Martina Jordaan is Head: Community Engagement Research and Postgraduate Studies at the Mamelodi campus, University of Pretoria. She was previously responsible for a compulsory undergraduate module, Community-Based Project, of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology. Annually more than 1600 students enrol for the module and they are involved in more than 570 projects in various communities. Martina has a doctorate in History and a Masters in Development studies. She was also head of the Education Museum in Pretoria and thereafter responsible for developing pre-schools in the informal settlements next to Pretoria and skills development of staff of various schools in Pretoria.

Mr John Kalenzi

Executive Director
AEE Rwanda

John Kalenzi is the Country Director for AEE Rwanda, holding the role since 2009. AEE Rwanda is a Christian, Local, Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to working with children, youths, families, and their communities to address the root causes of poverty. John has been with AEE Rwanda for 22 years, previously working for World Vision Rwanda as the Zonal Manager for the Southern Region.

In his role as Country Director, John is actively involved in shaping projects/programs to meet AEE Rwanda’s vision of “a country in which all people honor God and have opportunities to fulfill their human potential.” John works closely with AEE Rwanda’s donors and partners, from institutional donors rolling out national and regional programs to philanthropic organisations and individuals looking to make a difference to the lives of the poor in Rwanda.

John graduated from the National University of Rwanda in 1999 and has since earned a Post-Graduate Diploma in Project Management from Uganda Management Institute (2004), an MBA from the Maastricht School of Management (2006), and an MSc in Development Studies from University of Rwanda (2016).

John lives with his wife and two children in Kigali, Rwanda

Dr Mark Anthony D. Abenir

Associate Professor
Ateneo de Manila University

Dr. Abenir makes use of Service-Learning as a research and pedagogical approach in the course he handles such as Community Development and Social Change, Project Management, and The Economy, Society, and Sustainable Development. He is a Section Co-Editor of the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. His professional expertise is on the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of community, social welfare, and poverty reduction/eradication programs that are participatory, people-centered, gender-sensitive, and rights-based. His research interests are in Community Development, Social Development, Service-Learning and Community Engagement, Disaster Resilience, and Children and Youth Studies.

Dr Liu Hong

Associate Professor
Fudan University

Dr Hong is an Associate Professor at School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University, China. His research interests are related to social policy in developing contexts, youth participation and positive development, evidence-based social program development and evaluation.

He considers himself a “practitioner-researcher”. He is actively involved in knowledge translation and innovations in social services and education in a developing context. He entered the field of service-learning in 2009 as a program evaluator. Now he is an enthusiastic advocate of adoption and adaptation of service-learning practices in higher education in China, assuming the roles of curriculum designer and chief researcher on the service-learning curriculum committee at Fudan University, where he helped initiate a university-level credit-bearing service-learning program since 2016. He also has experience in rural development work in Southwest China.

Şiir Kılkış

Associate Professor at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey

Şiir Kılkış is alumna of KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Georgetown University. She is a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) Working Group III on Mitigation of Climate Change. She is Senior Researcher and Advisor to the President at The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), Associate Professor at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, International Scientific Committee member of the SDEWES Centre, Editorial Board member of Energy Storage and Saving (ENSS), and Guest Editor in ECM.

Ir Prof. Vivien Lin Lu

Dept. of Building Environment and Energy Engineering
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

As a highly cited researcher by Clarivate Analytics in Engineering (2018) and a World’s Top 2% Scientist by Stanford University in Energy (2021,2022), Prof. Lu is an active researcher in building energy fields with high local and international impact in both academia and industry. She is the main inventor of several international patents, and her research findings and novel technologies have been widely cited by researchers all over the world, applied in local industry and employed by local government in its policy guidelines for renewable energy.  She is the recipient of prestigious awards mostly as the first awardee, including 2nd class innovation award of Ministry of Education of China (2019), PolyU Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Funding (2012, 2014, 2019), PolyU Dean’s Award for Highly-cited Papers (2019), the Faculty Awards for Excellent Performance/Achievement 2017/2018 (Research),  2017 Hong Kong Green Innovations Awards, TechConnect 2017 Global Innovation Award (USA), a Special Merit Award and a Gold Medal in 2017 from the 44th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, etc. With over 250 SCI journal publications, her researches mainly focus on renewable energy technologies and applications in buildings; fundamentals of fluid mechanics and heat/mass transfer to enhance building energy systems; and engineered nanomaterial development towards energy smart building envelopes.

Paweł Ocłoń

Cracow University of Technology
Faculty of Environmental and Energy Engineering,
Energy Department, Al. Jana Pawła II 37, 31-864 Krakow, Poland

Paweł Ocłoń currently works at the Institute of Thermal Power Engineering, Cracow University of Technology as Associate Professor. His research topics covers: 1) Energy systems analysis 2) Underground Energy systems 3) Optimization of thermal systems (heat exchangers, heating networks, underground power cable systems) 4) Experimental investigation of high-performance heat exchangers 5) Energy Storage systems 6) Photovoltaics cooling 7) Finite element method 8) CFD simulation of Energy devices.

Yuying Yan

Faculty of Engineering
University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK

Yuying Yan is professor and Chair in thermofluids engineering at University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. With more than 40 years’ experience, Prof. Yan’s research covers widely range of thermofluids engineering including heat transfer enhancement, applied thermodynamics, phase change, nanofluids and nature inspired solutions for energy efficiency and thermal management.  He is member/director of UK national heat transfer committee, member of UK EPSRC Peer Review College, Fellow of International Society of Bionic Engineering (ICBE).  He was Faculty Director of Globable Engagement at UoN, Deputy general secretary of ICBE, panel member of European Research Council’s advanced research grant, etc. He has chaired or co-chaired over 10 international conferences/events. He has supervised more than 40 PhD students so far, authored or co-authored over 450 papers including about 300 journal papers.



Title: Assessing and Reinforcing USR Impacts

Mr Phil Baty

Chief Knowledge Officer
Times Higher Education, UK

Phil Baty is an international authority on university performance and strategy, with more than 25 years of experience in global higher education, including a decade (2009-2019) as editor of the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and its derivative analyses. He is a sought-after speaker, commentator and consultant and he currently leads government affairs activities at THE, the trusted global data and insights partner for the higher education sector. Phil was the creator of the THE World Academic Summit and he oversees the team that organises the summit and THE’s extensive series of international events and awards, which now engage more than 40,000 university leaders, academics, business executives and policymakers annually.

Phil was listed as one of the top 15 “most influential” in education by The Australian newspaper in 2012 and in the 2016 book, Global University Rankings and the Mediatization of Higher Education, he is described as “one of the most powerful commentators, and arguably policy actors, on higher education”.

Phil joined Times Higher Education (THE) in 1996, and served as chief reporter, news editor, deputy editor, editor-at-large and editorial director, before taking his current role as chief knowledge officer. He took over responsibility for the World University Rankings in 2008 and led the development of the current THE World University Rankings methodology, determining the 13 performance indicators and weightings currently used to evaluate world-class research universities.

Phil is an award-winning journalist. He picked up the Ted Wragg Award for Sustained Contribution to Education Journalism (CIPR) in 2010 and was a runner-up for the Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism, run by The Guardian and Private Eye magazine in 2007. He contributes regularly on global higher education for leading newspapers and broadcasters around the world.

Dr Marisol Morales

Executive Director
Carnegie Elective Classifications, USA

Dr Marisol Morales currently serves as the Executive Director of the Carnegie Elective Classifications for the American Council on Education (ACE). In this role Morales provides conceptual leadership and operational oversight to the Carnegie Elective Classifications. This includes the collaborative development of and responsibility for all initiatives, oversight and facilitation of relevant national and international advisory committees, conceptualizing and implementing extensive data archives as well as developing and enacting a shared vision regarding access to and use of the knowledge produced by the Carnegie Elective Classifications to beneficially guide research, policy, and practice. Prior to this role she was the Vice President for Network Leadership at Campus Compact, from 2018-2022. 

Dr Morales was the Founding Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement at the University of La Verne from 2013-2018 and the Associate Director of the Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning and Community Service Studies at DePaul University from 2005-2013.  In 2020, she was appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Community-Engaged Scholarship at University of Central Florida and also serves as an adjunct faculty in the ENLACE Higher Education Master’s program at Northeastern Illinois University. Morales sits on the editorial board of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, on the editorial advisory board of Liberal Education, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and on the board of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE). Locally, she serves at the chair of the Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago’s Education subcommittee and on the alumni board of the Center for Latino Research and the Latin American and Latino Studies program at DePaul University. 

Dr Morales holds a BA in Latin American/Latino Studies and a MS/MS in International Public Service Management both from DePaul University. She earned her Ed.D in Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne in 2021. Her dissertation focused on the community engagement experiences of Latinx students at a Hispanic Serving Institution.



Title: How Universities Can – and Must – Change to Meet the Demands of a World in Flux

President Joy Johnson

Simon Fraser University, Canada

Joy Johnson is president and vice-chancellor of Simon Fraser University, and professor in its Faculty of Health Sciences.

As president, Joy is committed to enhancing student learning experiences, working towards Indigenous reconciliation, and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion across the university.

Prior to her appointment as president, Joy served as SFU’s vice-president, research and international from 2014 to 2020 where she oversaw the evolution of cutting-edge research, innovation, and international engagement across eight faculties. Under her leadership, SFU’s research income grew from $103 million in 2014 to $161 million in 2020 – the fastest growth of any Canadian university. Other major accomplishments include the launch of a groundbreaking big data initiative, hosting one of Canada’s largest supercomputers and establishing a university-wide innovation strategy.

Prior to SFU, Joy had a distinguished career in academics and research. She completed her PhD in nursing at the University of Alberta, and joined the University of British Columbia as a professor in the School of Nursing. Her commitment to research led her to the role of scientific director with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Gender and Health, where she is credited for shaping the Canadian research landscape to ensure gender is considered in health research. She is currently serving on the Universities Canada Executive Committee.

Joy is an elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has co-authored more than 180 peer-reviewed articles.

Invited Talk

Title: Why University Social Responsibility Efforts Fail: Avoid Ineffective Approaches to Institutionalizing Social Responsibility and Service-Learning in Higher Education

Prof. Andrew Furco

Professor and Associate Department Chair for the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
Director of the International Center for Research on Community Engagement
University of Minnesota, USA

Andrew Furco is Professor and Associate Department Chair for the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development and Director of the International Center for Research on Community Engagement at the University of Minnesota. He also serves as Associate Editor for Research for the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, and serves on the Editorial Board of Directors for Revista Iberoamericana de Aprendizaje Servicio, the first scientific journal in Spanish dedicated to disseminating research, reflections, and experiences pertaining to service-learning.

From 2008-2021, Prof. Furco served as the University’s Associate Vice President for Public Engagement. In this role, he worked units across the University of Minnesota to advance the institutionalization of community engagement within the University’s research, teaching, and outreach missions. Prior to arriving at Minnesota, he worked as a researcher and faculty member in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley, where he served as founding director of the University’s Service-Learning Research and Development Center (SLRDC). During his 13 years as SLRDC director at Berkeley and his 15 years at the University of Minnesota, he had the privilege of working with more than 50 graduate students, from a broad range of disciplines and fields, who have served as research assistants and partners on a wide of projects.

In 1998, he was selected by the National Campus Compact to serve as a National Engaged Scholar. Through this work, he developed and standardized the Self-Assessment Rubric for Institutionalizing Service-Learning in Higher Education, which has been incorporated into the service-learning work at more than 400 colleges in various counties.

Prof. Furco has consulted with more than 100 universities in more than 30 countries on issues pertaining to the advancement and institutionalization of service-learning and community engagement. His publications include the books, Service-Learning: The Essence of the Pedagogy (2001), Service-Learning Through a Multidisciplinary Lens (2002), Service-Learning: How Does It Measure Up? (2016), as well as more than 100 journal articles and book chapters that explore the study and practice of service-learning and community engagement.


Title: Educating for Inspiration on Climate: Moving Students Beyond Climate Despair

Dr Eban Goodstein

Director, Graduate Programs in Sustainability
Bard College, USA

Dr Eban Goodstein directs the Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Degree options include (1) the low-residency MBA in Sustainability based in NYC; (2) M.S. Degrees in Environmental Policy and in Climate Science and Policy; and (3) an M.Ed. in Environmental Education. Professor Goodstein holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Geology from Williams College. Goodstein is the author of three books: Economics and the Environment, (John Wiley and Sons: 2020) now in its ninth edition; Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming (University Press of New England: 2007); and The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment (Island Press: 1999). Articles by Goodstein have appeared in among other outlets, The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, Ecological Economics, and Environmental Management. His research has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Scientific American, Time, The Economist, USA Today, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and he has testified in the US Congress on the employment impacts of environmental regulation. He serves on the editorial board of Sustainability: The Journal of Record, as well as private sector Board service experience.

Goodstein has coordinated a series of national educational events around climate change, engaging thousands of colleges, universities, and K-12 schools in solutions-based dialogue. Most recently: the WorldWide Teach-in on Climate and Justice in March 30, 2022. At Bard he also directs C2C Fellows, a network of undergraduates and recent graduates who aspire to sustainability leadership in business, NGOs and government.

Dr Jason Ho

Senior Service Learning Consultant
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR, China

Dr Jason Ho is Senior Service-Learning Consultant from the Centre for Innovative Service-Learning (CISL) at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). Jason joined CISL in 2018 and has been actively engaging students, faculty members and community members in carrying out meaningful service-learning (SL) projects that benefit the community and society at large. Subject matters like climate change and environmentalism are common in SL courses at HKBU and students have been expressing keen interest in issues in relation to advocacy SL. Jason’s teaching and research interests also include globalization, ecocriticism, and film and gender studies.

Ms Carla Panyella

Coordinadora de proyectos, Centro de Objectivos de Desarrollo Sosteneble
Universidad de los Andes, Chile

Carla Panyella: Tourism Administration Professional with a Master’s in International Relations from the Pompeu Fabra University, University of Barcelona and the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and a Master’s in Development Management and Practice from Universidad de los Andes. She is the Project Coordinator for the SDG Center for Latin America and the Caribbean in Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Colombia). She seeks to develop professionally in the coordination and formulation of projects that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social development of Latin America and the Caribbean.


Title: Education to Cultivate Social Responsibility

Prof. Mikiko Nishimura

International Christian University

Mikiko NISHIMURA is a Professor of Sociology of Education and International Educational Development and Director of Service-Learning Center at International Christian University. Prior to the current position, she was an Associate Specialist in Human Resource Development at Japan International Cooperation Agency, a development consultant, and an Associate Professor at Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies of Kobe University. Her primary research interests are analysis of education reforms and policies, community participation in education, gender in education, civic/community engagement and liberal arts education. She has worked extensively in education planning and research in developing countries as a development consultant and researcher.

Ms Tran Thi Thanh Huong

Director and Founder
Vietnam Campus Engage

– Founder and Director of Vietnam Campus Engage

– Masters degree in International Development and Social Change in ‎2005-2007, Clark University, USA, with International Ford Fellowship Award.

– Former Director of Non-Profit, CAO Social Enterprise, 2019

– Former Director of Center for Service-Learning, Hoa Sen University, ‎2016-2017

– Former Founding Director and Senior Advisor – Center of Service-Learning, University of Economics and Finance, Ho Chi Minh City, ‎2018-2019

– Senior Advisor, Center for Engaged Learning, Da Nang Architecture University

– Director and Member of the Board of Directors of LIN Center for Community Development from 2009 to 2018

Dr Wai Ching Angela Wong

Vice President for Programs
United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia

Wai Ching Wong lives and grew up in Hong Kong and received her doctorate from the University of Chicago. She was a long-time faculty member of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, serving the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, and headed the Graduate Divisions of Cultural Studies and Gender Studies, the Gender Research Centre, and many academic programs. Ecumenically committed, she was a member of the board of trustees of the United Board (2002-2012) and the Presidium of Christian Conference of Asia (2000-2005); the chairperson (1995-1999) and regional secretary (1993-1995) of the World Student Christian Federation; and co-moderator of the Congress of Asian Theologians (2000-2004 ). As an academic, she has published widely in Chinese and English on topics of religion, gender, and culture in Asia.

Dr George Thadathil

Salesian College

Prof George Thadathil sdb is presently the Principal of Salesian College Sonada and Siliguri Campus. He completed research in the University of Madras, in 2000, as a Junior Research Fellow of Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR). His area of specialization is Cross Cultural Social Philosophy. He has organized various research seminars engaging local scholarship with contemporary concerns of identity, language and ethnicity. He is the author of Vision from the Margin: Study of the Sri Narayana Guru Movement in the Literature of Nitya Chaitanya Yati (2007) and has edited and co-edited the books Communities and Identity Consciousness: South Indian Trajectories (2004), Cultural Identity in Nepali Language and Literature (2005), Subaltern Perspectives: Philosophizing in Context (2005), Cultural Linguistic Transitions in the Nepali Speech Community of Darjeeling (2009), Teesta on the Run: Development Induced Displacement in Sikkim 1975-2010 (2016), Brahmarshi Narayana Guru (Tr-2016), Intellectual Property Rights (2022) besides contributing to a number of journals and edited volumes on Philosophy, Literature and Social Sciences. His publications are the outcome of an attempt to apply the research findings in South India (Ezhava Movement) onto the Language and Ethnicity based identity formations in Darjeeling District, North East India.


Title: Collaborative Research to Address Global Challenges

Prof. Wenzhong Shi

Director of Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Smart Cities Research Institute and PolyU-Shenzhen Technology and Innovation Research Institute (Futian)
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China

Wenzhong Shi, Chair Professor is the Director of Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Smart Cities Research Institute and PolyU-Shenzhen Technology and Innovation Research Institute (Futian), HKPU. He is Academician of International Eurasian Academy of Sciences and Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences (UK). His research covers urban informatics for smart cities, geographic information science and remote sensing, spatial big data analytics and quality control, and mobile mapping and 3-D modelling. He has published almost 300 articles in journals indexed by WoS and 20 books. He is among the worldly top 2% cited researchers according to Elsevier BV. He has won prestigious awards such as the Natural Science Award, China’s highest award for fundamental research (2007); and Wang Zhizhuo Award by International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (2012).

Prof. Xiao Lin Zhao

Chair Professor of Civil Infrastructure
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China

Prof. XL Zhao is the Chair Professor of Civil Infrastructure at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Engineering and Technology. He held the Chair of Civil Engineering from 2001 to 2019 and then the Head of Department of Civil Engineering from 2008 to 2011 at Monash University, Australia. Before joining PolyU, Prof. Zhao was the Associate Dean (International) in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of New South Wales, Australia. His current research focuses on high-performance sustainable materials in civil engineering applications, steel-concrete-FRP hybrid construction and floating structure technology. Prof. Zhao has published 9 books and 400 refereed journal papers. He has supervised more than 50 PhD students.

Ir Prof. Shengwei Wang

Director of Research Institute for Smart Energy
Chair Professor of Building Energy and Automation
Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Professor in Smart Building
Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China

Ir Prof. Wang, earned his BEng and MSc degrees from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and PhD degree from University of Liege in 1993. He is the fellows of IBPSA, CIBSE and HKIE, he joined PolyU in 1993 and was promoted to Chair Professor in 2008.

One of the most active scholars in the realm of smart building energy technologies, Prof. Wang focusses his research on optimal control and design of air-conditioning systems, diagnosis and commissioning, energy-flexible buildings, and smart building technologies. He has secured more than 50 research grants, including 18 grants from General Research Fund in Hong Kong, and overseas outstanding youth talent grant from NSFC. He has published four books and over 320 papers in highly regarded refereed journals, and was ranked as one of the highly-cited scholars in energy science and engineering discipline, and ranked No. 20 in Building and Construction field in 2021 in the Stanford report.

Prof. Wang has extensive experience in successful energy optimisation projects both for new buildings and existing buildings, such as International Commerce Centre, saving as much as 42% of energy and over 10 million kWh per year in an individual building.

Ir Prof. Yongping Zheng

Henry G. Leong Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Director of Research Institute for Smart Ageing
Director of Jockey Club Smart Ageing Hub
Chair Professor of Department of Biomedical Engineering
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China

Ir Prof. Zheng Yong Ping is the founding director of Research Institute for Smart Ageing and Jockey Club Smart Ageing Hub and founding head of Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His main research areas include innovative biomedical ultrasound and smart ageing technologies. A number of technologies invented by his team have been successfully commercialized, including Scolioscan, an ultrasound device to provide radiation-free assessment of scoliosis. 

He has published over 290 journal papers, filed more than 50 clusters of patents, trained over 20 PhD and MPhil students, and was rated as the top 2% citation scholar in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing in a survey conducted by Stanford University in 2021.  

Ir Prof. Albert Chan

Dean of Students
Associate Director of Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development
Able Professor in Construction Health and Safety
Chair Professor of Construction Engineering and Management
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China

Ir Prof. Albert Chan is currently Dean of Students, Associate Director of Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development, Able Professor in Construction Health and Safety, and Chair Professor of Construction Engineering and Management. Ir Prof. Chan’s research interests include project management and project success, construction procurement and relational contracting, public private partnerships, and construction health and safety.  Ir Prof. Chan’s research has had a real and significant impact on the construction industry resulting in changes in policy decisions.  His recommendations have been incorporated in the Construction Industry Council Guidelines on “Site Safety Measures for Working in Hot Weather” since April 2013.  His outstanding research performance has resulted in the appointment of Able Professor in Construction Health and Safety in August 2019. 


Invited Talk

Title: Civic Actor Studio at the University of Chicago is a Social Innovation for Inclusive Communities

Ms Joanie Friedman

Executive Director of Civic Leadership, Office of Civic Engagement
University of Chicago, USA

As Executive Director of Civic Leadership, Joanie designs programs for civic leaders who are working to improve their communities. She is the founder of the Civic Actor Studio, a theater-based leadership development program by South Side civic leaders that strengthens individual and collective power through a series of retreats. In 2015, Joanie launched the Civic Leadership Academy, a 6-month interdisciplinary leadership development program for non-profit and government leaders who study with University of Chicago faculty and practitioners. From 2007-2014 Joanie directed the Southside Arts & Humanities Network out of the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago.  Joanie holds a BA in History from Brown University and an MA in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education from DePaul University.


Title: Education to Cultivate Social Responsibility

Dr Julian Skyrme

Founding Director of Social Responsibility
The University of Manchester, UK

Dr Julian Skyrme is the founding Director of Social Responsibility at The University of Manchester. Social responsibility is one of the University’s three core goals and ensures that Manchester’s learning, research, engagement and operational activities make a positive difference to society. He has first-class honours, master’s and doctoral degrees in political philosophy and social sciences from The University of Manchester and spent his early career as a teacher and Assistant Vice-Principal in a large urban sixth form college. Julian contributes to local, national and international policies, initiatives and networks to enhance the social engagement of higher education. He is a member of: Manchester City Council’s Strategic Education Partnership Board and Homelessness Partnership Board; the Board of Manchester’s Loreto Sixth Form College; the Board of Trustees at MACC – Manchester’s voluntary, community and social enterprise support organisation; Business in the Community’s (BITC) North-West Leadership Board; and the global University Social Responsibility network. He’s also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, guitarist, everyday cyclist, Manchester United and Wales fan, and father to two children.

Dr Jennifer O’Brien

Academic Lead for Sustainability Teaching and Learning
The University of Manchester, UK

Dr Jennifer O’Brien is Academic Lead for Sustainability Teaching and Learning at the University of Manchester, UK, Principal Fellow of Advance HE and an Inaugural Fellow of the Manchester Institute of Teaching and Learning.  Jen is the Education Lead for Sustainable Futures and directs the University Living Lab which links applied research needed by organisations with students who can undertake it for their assessment to effect change. Working with Education for Sustainable Development particularly through the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, Jen believes that students are a huge force for change. A development geographer by training, Jen’s interdisciplinary research focuses on sustainable development, particularly within marginalised communities.  Stemming from her research, Jen is interested in the intersection between innovative pedagogy and independent field or applied research. Jen inspires and equips learners to ethically address challenges of sustainability, inequality and social justice to affect positive change.

Prof. Raj Ariyaratnam

Professor of Dental Education and Global Oral Health
The University of Manchester, UK

Prof. Raj Ariyaratnam is a Professor of Dental Education and Global Oral Health and a globally recognised educator who has special interest in curriculum development and pedagogical innovations related to reflective and flexible Learning. He is the Inaugural Lead for Global Oral Health Initiatives, Social Responsibility and EDI in Dentistry and holding a pioneering faculty Academic Co-Leadership role in Service Learning at the University of Manchester. He is also the Academic Clinical Lead for the Oral Medicine – teaching programme in addition to being a practising Specialist Oral Physician at the Manchester teaching dental hospital.   He is a senior examiner at the Royal College of Surgeons, England and also holds both Senior and National Teaching UK Fellowships. Globally he leads international CPD programmes and works in partnership with global experts to build and upskill educational resources in low and middle income (LMI) including war affected countries.

Prof. Jackie Carter

Professor in Statistical Literacy
The University of Manchester, UK

Prof. Jackie Carter is a professor of statistical literacy at The University of Manchester. In 2020 she achieved a One in Twenty Women in Data industry award and a National Teaching Fellowship – for the Data Fellows programme she has developed to create opportunities for undergraduates, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented groups, to gain paid work experience in data industries. Jackie works to connect education and skills to workplace needs. Her recent work involves taking her data fellows programme to Latin America to support skills development for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Her 2021 book “Work placements, internships and applied social research” covers the theory and practice of learning by doing. She is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and a member of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Strategic Advisory Council and a member of ESRC’s CLOSER Expert Group. In addition to her academic role Jackie co-chairs the GM4Women2028 Comms group, is co-founder of the campaign group Equality Starts at Home and a board member of Lead5050. 

Dr Philip Drake

Senior Lecturer and Director of Social Responsibility for the School of Social Sciences
The University of Manchester, UK

Dr Philip Drake is a senior lecturer and Director of Social Responsibility for the School of Social Sciences at The University of Manchester. He is a former practising solicitor and since 2019, has been the Director of the Justice Hub at The University of Manchester, which incorporates such projects as the Legal Advice Centre, Manchester Free Legal Help Scheme and the Manchester Innocence Project. Phil has keen research interests in the pedagogical, sociological and ethical dimensions of the law, with a particular interest in values based learning and the conflicts and tensions that arise within this sphere. 

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