Keynote Speakers


Professor Philipp Gonon

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Philipp Gonon studied Law and Journalism from 1974 until 1976 at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Afterwards he continued studying Pedagogy at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. From 1986 until 1992 he became research assistant and lecturer at the Institute of Pedagogy of the University of Bern, Switzerland where he finished his postdoctoral lecture qualification in 1997. From 1999 until 2004, Gonon was appointed to Full University Professor at the Chair of Vocational and Operational Further Education at the University of Trier in Germany. Since 2004, Gonon has held the Chair of Vocational Education and Training and Vocational Teacher Training at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Gonon has done research about Georg Kerschensteiner, the relation of schooling and vocation and about the European educational reforms. He specialised in the areas of historical and international comparative educational research. In addition, Gonon does research in quality assurance and evaluation, modularization in Vocational Education and he publishes about Philosophy and Theory of Vocational Education.


Professor Jon-Chao Hong

National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan


Jon-Chao Hong has received his doctoral degree in Education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and is currently working as a Chair professor in the department of industrial education at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). As the director of Digital Game-based Learning Laboratory (GBL), he has developed 9 web games, 24 educational Apps and VR for skill training and language learning.
As the secretary general of Taiwan Creativity Development Association, he also organizes several creative contests relevant to STEAM, such as PowerTech Contest to invite elementary, junior and senior high school students to produce robots or miniatures in the morning and using these to compete in the afternoon to ensure students’ hands-on creation without parents or teachers’ assistance. As the executive secretary of International Exhibition for Young Inventors (IEYI), he also promotes the innovative contest to give students an opportunity to stimulate their science inquiry abilities, and also cultivated students’ creativity and thinking attitude of STEAM. In addition, he has published a number of academic articles in international journals related to digital game-based learning and thinking skills and creativity about 45 articles on Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) journals and received the Outstanding Research Prize from Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan.


Professor Keiichi Takahashi

Kindai University, Japan

Keiichi Takahashi is currently working as a professor in Department of Information and Computer Sciences at Kindai University, Japan. His research interests are Informatics, Software. In addition, Prof. Keiichi Takahashi is a widely published author and he has published a number of academic articles in related international journals and conferences as well as chapters in book series.

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Invited Speakers


Dr. Shahid Anjum

Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), Brunei Darussalam


Dr Anjum is currently serving as a Deputy Director of Brunei’s Crown Prince Creative, Innovative Products and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) Award’s Seminar Committee, a Deputy Director of ‘Digital and Creativity Research Thrust’ at School of Computing and Informatics, a Senior A. Professor at School of Business and a member and coordinator at ‘Center for Innovative Engineering’ of Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB). Dr. Anjum has appeared on National or local TVs in different countries. Dr. Anjum is a Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer from Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), a Certified Investment Manager from Moody’s Canadian Securities Institute and Certified in Banking Financial Risks and Regulations from Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). Dr. Anjum has earned his Ph. D. from Nagoya University, Japan for research topic of Early Warning System for Financial Risk using Data Mining Approach. He has studied in the “Master of Computer Science program” at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, School of Engineering, University of Detroit in Michigan, USA. He also holds M. Phil. Economics degree.

Dr. Anjum has accumulated experience at various educational and financial institutions in Canada, Japan, USA, Pakistan and Philippines. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at College of Business & Information Technology, Lawrence Tech., Michigan for over 6 years, worked at Royal Bank of Canada and at Asian Development Bank Manila, besides, serving as member of various Board of Directors of Innovative Corporations.

Dr. Anjum has served as a Program Chair for the International Conference on Database and Data Mining) held in Chicago, USA in 2015, a moderator to keynote speeches and expert forums, has served as Session Chairs to over ten conferences and as a technical committee member to over 20 conferences. Dr Anjum’s research has received various Best Paper Awards in Tokyo and ASEAN countries. Dr. Anjum is a senior member of various Computer and Information Technology, Finance, Management and Development Economics related associations and societies. Dr. Anjum is a widely published author and his publications have appeared in reputable journals including in IEEE. Series and Springer as well as chapters in book series. Dr. Anjum is currently editing three books for Taylor and Francis Group and IGI Global on fintech & digital start-ups, Digital Banking & Digital Finance as well “Cracking the Code: Cyber Security Technology Enhancement of Digital Ecosystem”.

Dr. Anjum has conducted and has led various consultancy projects as well as training workshops and mentorship for Entrepreneurs’ bootcamp. for at Darussalam Enterprise (DARe). As Principal Researcher, Dr. Anjum has been a part of team for a project submitted to Brunei Research Council to implement technology transfer from Malaysia and Switzerland to Brunei regarding setting up of Islamic Fintech Lab, gold and silver-based mobile wallet applications, embedded with secured blockchain and Ethereum technology.



 Lecturer Mahboubeh Rakhshandehroo

Center for Multilingual Education, Osaka University, Japan

Mahboubeh Rakhshandehroo received her PhD in Human Sciences (Critical Studies in Transformative Education) from Osaka University. She is currently a lecturer at Osaka University. She is also the ICLHE East Asia leadership team coordinator. She teaches EAP classes and a CLIL course on the internationalization of higher education. She is also teaching a course on minorities in Japan at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts. She received her PhD in Critical Studies in Transformative Education from Osaka University. Her research interests include English-Medium Instruction (EMI) support, English native speakerism, multiculturalism, and Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).



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