Speakers

The IAFOR International Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment – Hawaii (IICSEEHawaii) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii (IICEHawaii). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either of these conferences permits attendance in both.

This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


Keynote Speakers

  • Harrie Vredenburg
    Harrie Vredenburg
    University of Calgary, Canada

Featured Speakers

  • David P. Ericson
    David P. Ericson
    University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
  • Michael Menchaca
    Michael Menchaca
    University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
  • Nathan Murata
    Nathan Murata
    University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
  • Lowell Sheppard
    Lowell Sheppard
    Pacific Solo & HOPE International Development Agency Japan

Featured Cultural Presenters

  • Uncle Bruce Yoshio Keaulani
    Uncle Bruce Yoshio Keaulani
    Living Life Source Foundation
  • Aunty Kehaulani Lum
    Aunty Kehaulani Lum
    Living Life Source Foundation

Past Speakers

View details of speakers at past IICSEEHawaii conferences via the links below.

Harrie Vredenburg
University of Calgary, Canada

Biography

Harrie Vredenburg is a leading scholar in the areas of competitive strategy, innovation, sustainable development and corporate governance in global energy and natural resource industries and is Professor of Strategy and Suncor Chair in Strategy and Sustainability at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. He also holds appointments as a Research Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and as an International Research Fellow at the Saïd Business School at Oxford University in the UK. In addition, he has taught annually at ESSAM, the European Summer School for Advanced Management since 2002.

Vredenburg was one of the visionaries who founded Haskayne's Global Energy Executive MBA and served as its Academic Director from its inception in 2010 to 2018. Students in this two year blended learning executive program live and work around the world and attend two-week intensive modules in Calgary, Houston, London, Beijing/Shanghai and Doha and between face-to-face modules do coursework online. He was also co-founder and Academic Director of the University of Calgary’s MSc in Sustainable Energy Development from its inception in 1996 until 2006.

He has authored or co-authored more than 50 frequently cited articles in leading international scholarly publications including Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, MIT Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Energy Policy, Energies, Technovation, International Journal of Economics & Business Research and Global Business & Economics Review. He has also coauthored government reports on industry regulation, innovation and competitiveness and on nuclear energy and he consults to industry. According to Google Scholar, his publications have been cited more than 5,000 times. A leading authority on corporate strategy, governance, innovation and the management of environmental issues in energy and resource industries, Vredenburg's work is recognized in academic circles, corporations, governments and non-profits.

A popular teacher, he lectures in MBA, Executive MBA, doctoral, executive development and corporate directors programs. He was honoured with the 2016-2017 Haskayne MBA Society Top MBA Teacher Award, based on a vote by MBA students. He was also voted 2015-2016 Haskayne MBA Society Top MBA Teacher.

He serves as a non-executive member of the boards of directors of several publicly traded and private international energy companies. He holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors as a certified corporate director.

He is married to Dr Jennifer Maguire. They have three adult children.

David P. Ericson
University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Biography

David P. Ericson is a Professor of Philosophy of Education and Educational Policy Studies in the Department of Educational Foundations, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Prior to joining the Faculty of the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1992, he was a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (1979 – 1992) and a professor at Virginia Tech (1977 – 1979). In the College of Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, he has served as chairperson in two departments (Department of Educational Foundations and the Department of Curriculum & Instruction), as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, and as director of the Office of International Education. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of Studies in Philosophy and Education for five years.

With research and scholarly interests in philosophy of education, educational policy analysis, and comparative and international education, he has published widely on education issues, the logic of social science research methodology, and educational policy and reform issues in the U.S. and Asia. He is particularly noted for his work on the structure and behaviour of national educational systems in the U.S. and Asia. He has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award holder (2007 – 2012), an award that has enabled his research efforts on educational reform issues in lower and higher education in Denmark and China. Most recently, he has been researching policy issues concerning the expansion and quality of higher education in Vietnam.


Previous IICSEEHawaii PresentationsFeatured Panel Presentation (2019) | Featured Panel in Association with APHERP

Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Educational Policy: Does the Democratisation of Education in Educational Systems Fuel Economic and Social Inequality?
Michael Menchaca
University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Biography

Professor Michael Menchaca currently coordinates online and hybrid programs in the Department of Learning Design and Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has taught at the University of Hawaii for over ten years. He previously taught in and coordinated online programs at Sacramento State University. He was an IT specialist for many years in the public and private sector. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of online learning, technology integration, and social justice with technology.

Nathan Murata
University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Biography

Nathan Murata completed his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and joined the faculty at Chaminade University to start their special education program. He left Chaminade to pursue a position at the University of Toledo. Nathan returned to Hawaii as an Assistant Professor in the Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science (KRS) department, University of Hawaii at Manoa. He became a Full Professor, served as Department chair and Associate Dean prior to becoming Dean of the College of Education.

He co-authored two textbooks, numerous publications and local, state, national and International presentations. He secured over $2.5 million dollars in U.S. DOE, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Programs training grants, and contracts worth over $1.5 million from the State of Hawaii, Department of Health focusing on the Hawaii Concussion Awareness and Management Program (HCAMP) in collaboration with the Hawaii Department of Education. HCAMP is the only state supported concussion awareness and education program in the country. Working within the context of Adapted Physical Education, and with the support of external partners, he organized the first Interscholastic high school basketball games featuring both students with disabilities and those who are at-risk. His program has received a State Senate resolution in 2018 from the honorable Sen. Michelle Kidani.

Welcome on Behalf of University of Hawaii at Manoa
Lowell Sheppard
Pacific Solo & HOPE International Development Agency Japan

Biography

Lowell Sheppard is an author, speaker, a social entrepreneur, a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, husband, father, a long-distance cyclist, and wanna-be Sailor.

Lowell has spent his entire adult life working with established Non-Government Organizations (also known as non-profit societies) and in several NGO start-ups. As Founder of HOPE International Development Agency Japan and Asia Pacific twenty years ago, Lowell has seen the growth of HOPE to be in the top 2 % of charitable organizations in Japan with the coveted “nentai” certified tax-deductible status.

Lowell has served for the last twenty years as an informal advisor to companies and boards in the area of ethical decision making and thought leadership with a focus on community legacy.

He has dedicated much of his life to social and environmental improvement projects.

Today, Lowell is often asked to speak on Ethics and Philosophy, Social Enterprise, CSR, Sustainability, and subjects related to his various books.

Uncle Bruce Yoshio Keaulani
Living Life Source Foundation

Biography

Bruce Yoshio Keaulani was born and raised in Waikiki, one of two sons of “Ox” Keaulani, a beachboy who surfed with Duke Kahanamoku, and Janet Kaneda Keaulani, the daughter of a Buddhist priest from Niigata Prefecture. His genealogy traces back to the heavens, through the union of his ancestors, Paiea and Kuahilanimaka. Uncle Bruce is the CEO and Kahu of Living Life Source Foundation, in Pu`ulena, Mānoa, and Professor of Kaito Gakko, a school of peace martial arts, where he carries the lineage of Doctor Kaito, Uncle David Nuuhiwa.

Uncle Bruce was taken at age 5, by his father, to study the teachings of peace martial arts and healing with Seishiro “Henry” Okazaki, and later, was selected to carry his family’s practice of Hawaiian martial arts. He credits his teacher, Aunty Mornnah Simeona, for enlightening him with the practices of ho`oponopono, lomilomi, laau lapaau and laau kahea.

A father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he has worked with youth of all ages, and their families for over 40 years, as a coach, kumu, Sensei, and traditional healer. Uncle Bruce has a deep concern for the needs of homeless youth and families, especially, in the Ahupuaa of Waikiki, and sustains a nurturing and safe Kauhale, a Native Hawaiian traditional system of living, where peace and Aloha is honored.


Previous IICSEEHawaii Presentations

Featured Cultural Presentation (2019) | Hawaiian Oli Opening
Featured Panel Presentation (2017) | Aloha as a Way of Being: Hawaiian Perspectives on Learning
Aunty Kehaulani Lum
Living Life Source Foundation

Biography

Aloha. I am Kehaulani Lum from Aiea, Oahu. Mahalo nui loa for the opportunity to serve the youth and families of Hawai`i Nei. My paternal family ties are to Nanakawaaokeoua, of Kawaihae, Hawaii, Kapou of Wailea, Hawaii, Waiehu of Waipio, Hawaii, Helela of Anahulu, Oahu, Kailiahi and Akana of Aiea, Oahu, Hulilani of Mokuoeo, Oahu, and Lum of Kalihi, Oahu. My maternal family ties connect to Taua of Hana and Lahaina, Hubbell of Makawao and Pukalani, Keawe and Haia of Hana, and Keanu of Wailuku.

Beyond the islands of Hawaii Nei, my familial lineage traverses the great oceans and continents, to Matapuupuu, chief priest of Huahine and advisor to Keopuolani, Huangdi, the Yellow Emperor of China (2697 BC), Bi Gan, advisor to the last Emperor of the Shang Dynasty, Wilhelm of Weissach, Württemberg, Germany, Hubball of Worcestershire, England, and the O’Sullivan Bear Clan.

As the eldest grandchild of my family in both lines, I was prepared since age 5 for a lifetime of service to humanity, especially, in the realms of Native Hawaiian cultural and historic preservation, economic development, education, natural resource restoration, spirituality, and social development. I appear today as the Board Secretary of Living Life Source Foundation and a student of Uncle Bruce Keaulani.


Previous IICSEEHawaii Presentations

Featured Cultural Presentation (2019) | Hawaiian Oli Opening
Featured Panel Presentation (2017) | Aloha as a Way of Being: Hawaiian Perspectives on Learning