Keynote & Plenary Presentations

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Professor Dato' Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid is the President of the Malaysian Association for Education (MAE) and Director of IAB Global (Inspiring Authentic Benevolence). He was the Deputy Vice Chancellor INTI-Laureate International Universities and Professor of Management, Education and the Social Sciences. Dr. Ibrahim was Director of the Regional Centre for Educational Planning, United Arab Emirates, Professor of Management, Leadership and Policy Studies and the Founding Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at University Tun Abdul Razak (UNITAR) and former Director of Institut Aminuddin Baki (IAB) - The National Institute of Educational Management and Leadership. He is Distinguished Fellow Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Distinguished Associate of the Institute of Educational Leadership, Consultant, Centre for Civilizational Dialogue, University of Malaya and Senior Fellow, Universiti Islam Malaysia. For more than three decades, he has been the key figure in the Field of Educational Management and Leadership in Malaysia. He has supervised Masters and Doctoral Degree Students and has written several hundred academic and general articles. He is the recipient of the National Educational Leadership Award, the highest Educational Leadership Award in Malaysia awarded only to a few individuals who have demonstrated distinguished and exemplary leadership across institutional, national and international contexts. Also, for his leadership and contributions in academia, he was awarded the Honorary Doctorates by the Education University of Malaysia and by the University of Malaya.



Associate Professor Dr. Amon Saengmanee is a Thai linguist, specializing in phonetics, linguistic fieldwork, Southeast Asian linguistics and Translation (English to Thai).  She taught at the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University from 1979-2014. Since 2002 she been focusing her work on English pronunciation and teaching methodology ever since. She officially retired in 2014 and is still pursuing a career in English pronunciation training.

Assoc. Professor Amon graduated from the Faculty of Science, Mahidol University in 1976 with a B.Sc. in Physical Therapy.  She received her MA in Linguistics in 1979. In in 2000 she earned her Ph.D. in linguistics from Chulalongkorn University.

Areas of specialization
Phonetics, Southeast Asian linguistics, and English Pronunciation Training.


  • In 2012  She received the Medal of Honor for her work as a writer of Prince Mahidol’s Biography from Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.