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

  • Reed Dasenbrock
    Reed Dasenbrock
    University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA
  • David P. Ericson
    David P. Ericson
    University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
  • April Nozomi Goodwin
    April Nozomi Goodwin
    University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA
  • Ann Hartman
    Ann Hartman
    East-West Center, USA
  • Yuko Ida
    Yuko Ida
    University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA
  • Ljiljana Markovic
    Ljiljana Markovic
    University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Janina Martin
    Janina Martin
    University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, USA
  • Alex Means
    Alex Means
    University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, USA
  • Michael Menchaca
    Michael Menchaca
    University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
  • Nathan Murata
    Nathan Murata
    University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
  • Deane Neubauer
    Deane Neubauer
    East-West Center, USA
  • Keiichi Ogawa
    Keiichi Ogawa
    Kobe University, Japan
  • Lowell Sheppard
    Lowell Sheppard
    Pacific Solo & HOPE International Development Agency Japan
  • Ger Thao
    Ger Thao
    University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA


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.

Reed Dasenbrock
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA

Biography

Reed Dasenbrock is a Professor at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa who teaches courses in English, Italian, Philosophy, Honours, and Higher Education. He served as a university administrator for over 20 years, first at New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico before serving as Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa for seven and a half years. He also served as the Secretary of Higher Education for the State of New Mexico.

Educated at McGill University in Canada, Oxford University in the United Kingdom and the Johns Hopkins University in the United States, where he completed his PhD, Dasenbrock is the author or editor of eight books, more than 50 scholarly articles and nearly 50 chapters in scholarly books. He has published widely in literature and literary theory, and in more recent years has published about the nature and financing of higher education.

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.


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Featured Panel Presentation (2018) | Educational Policy: Does the Democratisation of Education in Educational Systems Fuel Economic and Social Inequality?
April Nozomi Goodwin
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA

Biography

April Nozomi Goodwin is an Academic Affairs Program Officer at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She has worked in higher education leadership for over ten years and currently manages the creation and review of academic programs, educational agreements and articulation, and policy. She holds a BA in Social Studies from Hamline University, a Master’s in International Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a PhD in Education from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her research is currently focused on liberal arts education, accreditation and applications of the Delphi method in higher education.

Ann Hartman
East-West Center, USA

Biography

Ann Hartman is dean of the East-West Center Education Program. She provides overall leadership for the Center’s graduate student programs, ensuring an enriching intellectual, social and cultural experience for students in residence at the EWC, a cooperative relationship with the University of Hawaiʻi, and international partnerships with institutions across the Asia Pacific region. Previously, she spent 15 years in the Seminars Program at the East-West Center, designing and coordinating short-term professional development and exchange experiences for journalists, young political leaders, and female entrepreneurs from Asia, the Pacific and the United States. She co-authored the book chapter, “Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar: A Model for Increasing Asia Pacific Women’s Entrepreneurial Participation,” in the 2014 academic text Women and Leadership Around the World. Ms Hartman came to the East-West Center in 2002 from a career in teaching, training, and program administration. She received her master’s degree in international education from the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a focus on adult, non-formal education.

Featured Panel Presentation (2020) | "Global and Educational Engagement through Innovative Technology and Pedagogies"
Yuko Ida
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA

Biography

Yuko Ida holds a B.A. in English Education from the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan. While in college, she studied philosophy as an exchange student under Dr. ʻI. Futa Helu at ‘Atenisi University in the Kingdom of Tonga. She is a 2019-2020 East-West Center Foundation Scholarship recipient and pursuing a M.Ed. in Educational Foundations at the College of Education, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. With seven years of teaching experience as a public elementary school teacher in Okinawa and Nagoya, Japan, her research interests focus on equity and social justice issues in education as well as impacts of globalization on educational policies.

Featured Panel Presentation (2020) | "Global and Educational Engagement through Innovative Technology and Pedagogies"
Ljiljana Markovic
University of Belgrade, Serbia

Biography

Dr Ljiljana Markovic is Dean, Chairperson of the Doctoral Studies Program and Full Professor in Japanese Studies at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She has previously served as Vice Dean for Financial Affairs, Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade (2008-2016). She holds the positions of Chairperson of the Association of Japanologists of Serbia, Member of the University of Belgrade Council, Chairperson of the University of Belgrade SYLFF Committee, Member of the Republic of Serbia, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Bilingual Education Board, and Member of the Republic of Serbia, Ministry of Culture, Committee on Books Procurement for Public Libraries. In 2010 she received the Gaimu Daijin Sho Award from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and in 2011 she received the Dositej Obradovic Award for Pedagogical Achievement. She is the author of a large number of publications in the fields of Japanese studies and economics.

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Janina Martin
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, USA

Biography

Janina Martin is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Honolulu Community College and a current PhD student in the Education Foundations Global and International Education program at UH Mānoa. She instructs ECED foundational and practicum courses in the two year Associate Degree programme, as well as acts as the Director of the on-site Keiki Hauʻoli Children’s Lab Center. She currently serves as the Vice President of Public Policy for the Hawaiʻi Association for the Education of Young Children (HIAEYC) and is a member of the State Early Childhood Registry Panel. She has served in many roles in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 30 years including preschool and toddler teacher, training and coaching specialist, and program coordinator for various grants assessing quality care. Her current work is focused on the impact of asset-based narrative observations and assessments on the development of learner identities.

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Alex Means
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, USA

Biography

Alexander J. Means is Assistant Professor in Educational Policy with Global Perspectives in the Department of Educational Foundations, at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He is the author most recently of Learning to Save the Future: Rethinking Education and Work in the Era Digital Capitalism (Routledge, 2018); Educational Commons in Theory and Practice: Global Pedagogy and Politics (Palgrave, 2017); and The Wiley Handbook of Global Education Reform (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018). His research examines educational policy and organisation in relation to political, economic, cultural, and social change. His work has also been published in numerous academic journals such as Critical Sociology, Journal of Education Policy, Critical Studies in Education, and Educational Philosophy and Theory.

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
Deane Neubauer
East-West Center, USA

Biography

Deane Neubauer is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He currently also serves as the Associate Director of the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP) which conducts a wide range of policy-focused research with a special focus on higher education. He is also currently an adjunct fellow of the East-West Center, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Deane holds a BA from the University of California, Riverside, and MA and PhD degrees from Yale University. Over the course of his career he has focused on a variety of political and policy areas including democratic theory, public policy, elections and various policy foci, including education, health, agriculture and communication. He has held a wide variety of administrative positions at the University of Hawaii, Manoa and the 10 campus University of Hawaii system. He also has over twenty-years experience in US-oriented quality assurance.

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Keiichi Ogawa
Kobe University, Japan

Biography

Dr Keiichi Ogawa is a Professor/Department Chair in the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies at Kobe University in Japan, where he teaches human capital development, education finance/administration, and development management. He is also an Honorary Professor at Kyrgyz National University in Kyrgyz Republic. His research interest lies in economics of education, education finance, comparative international education, and public policy on the education sector.

His professional experiences include serving as Education Economist at the World Bank, Senior Advisor at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Advisor at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Consultant at the Asia Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UNICEF and UNESCO, and Advisory Committee Member at the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT). He has also served in various graduate schools including as Visiting Professor at Columbia University and Adjunct Professor at George Washington University in the United States.

He has served as a Governing Board Member of the UNESCO IIEP, Secretary General/ Board Member of the Japan Society for International Development (JASID), and a Board Member of the Japan Comparative Education Society (JCES). He has also served as International Advisory Board for Compare (British Association for International & Comparative Education), Lao Journal of Economics and Management, and the Souphanouvong Academic Journal, as well as an Editorial Board Member for Comparative Education (Japan Comparative Education Society), Journal of Economics and Business Administration, Journal of International Cooperation Studies, Africa Education Research Journal, and the Journal of International Educational Cooperation.

He has received recognition and various awards from governments and academic institutions. He was given the Labor Medal by the Prime Minister of Lao PDR in 2018 and the Evaluation Award by the Prime Minister of Uganda in 2014. He also received shields and a certificate of appreciation for his contribution to the development of education, from the Ministry of Education in Yemen (2005 and 2009), Lao PDR (2011 and 2018), Malaysia (2016), and Saudi Arabia (2017). In addition, he received the Early Career Award from the Teachers College, Columbia University (2009); the President Award from Kobe University (2010); and the Professional Achievement Award from Hawaii Pacific University (2011).

He has worked on development assistance activities in over 30 countries and has authored or co-edited seven books and over 80 journal articles/book chapters. Many of them are issues related to educational development and cooperation in international settings. He holds his PhD in Comparative International Education and Economics of Education from Columbia University.

Featured Presentation (2020) | Presentation information will be added here shortly

Previous Presentations

Featured Presentation (2019) | SDGs and Education: Sustainable Financing for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia
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.

Ger Thao
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA

Biography

Ger Thao holds an MA in Education: Curriculum & Instruction, BA in Liberal Studies, and multiple subject teaching credential from California State University, Chico. She is a Graduate Degree Fellow of the East-West Center and is pursuing a PhD in Education: Curriculum & Instruction Specialization at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She has been teaching for eight years as an elementary school teacher and as an ELA Intervention Specialist/ELD Coordinator. She was a former Program Coordinator for the Hmong Language and Culture Enrichment Program (HLCEP) in Madison, WI. Her research interest focuses on multicultural children's literature and social justice in education.

Featured Panel Presentation (2020) | "Global and Educational Engagement through Innovative Technology and Pedagogies"