SPEAKERS' BIOGRAPHY (in program order)

Mr. Bhupinder Singh
Deputy Director, President Office
National University of Singapore

Mr. Bhupinder is Deputy Director in the Office of the President, at the National University of Singapore. He is responsible for the planning portfolio and works with the senior management team at the strategic level in initiatives such as strategic planning, finance and IT. Prior to this, Mr. Bhupinder was with the Office of the Provost and the Dean’s Office of the School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore and University of Manchester respectively.


Prof. Anne Young
Director of Planning, Quality and Reporting
University of Newcastle

Associate Professor Anne Young is the Director of Planning, Quality and Reporting at the University of Newcastle, Australia. In this role, Anne leads a unit that is responsible for coordinating strategic planning, quality assurance, data governance and performance reporting. Anne has a PhD in statistics and many years of experience as a teaching and research academic before moving to senior management. Anne is an honorary auditor for the Australian Government Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Anne has a strong interest in using quantitative and qualitative institutional data to monitor performance and create reports that support effective decision making and continuous improvement.


Prof. Euiho Suh
Chair of University Evaluation & Management Committee
Pohang University of Science and Technology


Prof. Suh is a professor in Information and Technology Strategy at the Department of Industrial & Management Engineering, POSTECH since 1989. Before joining POSTECH, he was on the faculty of Oklahoma State University. He received his B.S. from Seoul National University, M.S. from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Stanford University, and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Prof. Suh has led the POSTECH's globalization in different capacities: Special Advisor to President in International Relations and Chair of Globalization Committee. Currently, he is the Chair of University Evaluation & Management Committee assessing POSTECH’s outside evaluations to coordinate the management strategies of POSTECH.


Ms. Olivia Leong
Regional Director,
Enterprise & Government Solutions
Visa Worldwide Pte Ltd

Ms. Leong is Regional Director of Enterprise & Government Solutions in Visa in Asia Pacific, Central Europe, Middle East & Africa. She is responsible for the development of payment solutions, specifically designed to manage the procure-to-pay and expense management process for mid-size to large corporations and government organizations. 

Ms. Leong has spent the past 12 years in the electronic payment industry.  She has in-depth knowledge and expertise in deploying procure-to-pay programs across the region at both enterprise and government organizations. Olivia and her team of Visa Commercial product specialist partner with our Commercial Card issuers to develop and deliver best-in-breed expense management solutions to deliver greater efficiency, transparency, and control with government organizations throughout the AP & CEMEA region.

Mr. Ian Clarke
Managing Director,
Excalibur Procurement Services,
Europe & Asia Pacific


Mr. Ian Clarke is a recognized Procurement and Commercial Management professional who has 25 years of experience and knowledge at working across all levels of the public and private sectors. Whilst the head of procurement for a FTSE100 global corporation, Ian was an early adopter of e-commerce technology to fully integrate global supply chains.

For the last 12 years, Ian has been supporting the UK public sector as they transition to a more commercially focused and competitive environment. He has provided advice to Government Ministers on the commercial impact of new legislation. Ian has been instrumental in introducing new and innovative forms of multi sector partnership working.



Dr. Tom Kennie
Co-Programme Director
Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
Top Management Programme
Director of Ranmore Consulting

Dr. Kennie is Co-Programme Director of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) Top Management Programme (TMP), and is also a Director of Ranmore Consulting. His work is primarily concerned with senior level leadership development, coaching and top team development.  He also has a particular interest in the leadership of creativity and innovation and recently established the i- (innovation) laboratory for Higher Education.  

Prior to forming Ranmore some 16 years ago he spent some 8 years in the professional service sector, latterly as an HR Director and before this was an academic for 12 years at the University of Surrey and the University of Technology in Kingston, Jamaica. He has a BSc and MSc from the University of Glasgow, a MBA from the University of Sussex and he gained his PhD from Imperial College, London.


Ms. Jennifer Sewel
Director of Policy, Planning and Governance
University of Aberdeen

Ms. Sewel is Director of Policy, Planning & Governance at the University of Aberdeen.  A graduate of the University of Aberdeen (LLB, DLP) the Open University (BA), and the Institute of Education University of London (MBA), prior to working within the HE sector she worked within the civil service and the financial services sector.

As Director of Policy, Planning and Governance, Ms. Sewel has responsibility for the University’s constitutional and corporate governance, statutory and regulatory compliance and strategic planning and performance monitoring.  She has a particular interest in institutional collaborations and institutional risk management.


Prof. Nick Kaye
Dean of the College of Humanities and Professor of Performance Studies
University of Exeter


Prof. Kaye is Dean of the College of Humanities of University of Exeter. Established on 1st August 2010 in the University's transition from nine schools to five colleges, Humanities includes Archaeology, Classics, Drama, English, Film, History, Modern Languages and Theology.

His research focuses on the history of post-war experimental performance and its relationship with the visual arts. From 2005 - 2010 he was a principal investigator for Performing Presence: from the live to the simulated, a large-scale UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, and which he led in collaboration with colleagues at Exeter English, Stanford Archaeology and UCL Computer Science. From 2011 - 2014, he will be collaborating with University of Bristol on a large-scale project, Performing Documents, which is supported by an AHRC award of £453,000. From January 2012 - 2016, he is Co-director of "Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technologies Hub" (REACT), one of four knowledge exchange hubs awarded nationally as part of a £16 million investment by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to create collaborative projects between research academics and creative industry partners. Nick Kaye has published seven books, as well as numerous articles in art and performance journals.


Prof. Helen Valentine
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Advanced Systems)
and Director of Student Services
Anglia Ruskin University

Prof. Valentine is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Anglia Ruskin University. She has responsibility for Human Resources and Student Experience issues at a University with 2,000 staff and 30,000 students. Prior to this she worked at West of England in Bristol where she was Associate Dean and then Dean of Bristol Business School before taking on the role of Assistant Vice Chancellor. Helen studied Food Science then spent 10 years as a manager in industry before gaining her MBA from Warwick University. She has developed an interest in Leadership, Governance and Management issues, has served on the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Leadership, governance and management (LGM) committee and has recently led a HEFCE/Paul Hamlyn funded project on student retention.

Ms. Jayne Dowden
Director of the Human Resources,
Safety, Health & Environment     
Cardiff University

Ms. Dowden is the Director of Human Resources at Cardiff University and member of the University Management Board. Her previous experience includes an operational management supporting investment in manufacturing industry in Wales, practice management in legal partnerships, and lead roles in HR in criminal justice and at Birmingham University. Her current responsibility is for the HR strategy of Cardiff University, producing a positive environment for its research and teaching missions.


Dr. Kevin Downing
Director of Knowledge,
Enterprise and Analysis     
City University of Hong Kong

Dr. Kevin Downing is Director of Knowledge, Enterprise and Analysis at City University of Hong Kong. He is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist with a current Licence to Practice, and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society with wide international experience including senior academic and administrative posts in Europe and Asia. His published work centres on psychology, education and metacognitive development. Dr. Downing was awarded the City University of Hong Kong Teaching Excellence Award in 2004/2005 for his contribution to the development of blended learning with the innovative use of technology. He is also the recipient of the prestigious International Award for Innovative use of Technology in Teaching and Learning conferred in the USA in April 2004.


Mr. Kwong Lok Chan
Chief Planning Officer/ Registrar
Nanyang Technological University


Mr. Chan is the Chief Planning Officer and Registrar in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Working closely with the President and the Provost, Mr. Chan as Chief Planning Officer is responsible for institutional governance, policy and planning at the university level. This includes the strategic planning, performance monitoring, driving governance and policy development, organizational reviews and restructuring; policy and planning matters with Ministry Of Education and institutional research. As Registrar, Mr. Chan oversees the provision of academic services including candidature, registration, examinations, degree conferment, convocation and academic governance. Mr. Chan also oversees the board secretariat of the NTU Board of Trustees.

Prior to joining NTU, Mr. Chan has held various senior positions in policy, planning, IT and research in his 30 years in various departments and organisations within the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) in Singapore.
Mr. Chan has a BSc (1st Class Hons) from the University of Manchester in UK, an MBA from Wharton, and a MSE from the University of Pennsylvania in US.   He has also attended an executive program in the Harvard Business School.  He has been awarded two National Day Awards – the Public Service Medal (Silver) and Public Service Medal (Bronze) – during his career in the public service in Singapore.


Mr. Jeff Field
University of Canterbury

Jeff Field is Registrar at the University of Canterbury and Secretary to the University Council. He has worked at the University for 23 years in a variety of roles, including communications, public relations, fundraising, publishing, international affairs and marketing. He took on the role of University Registrar in 2005 and in 2010 his responsibilities for risk management and emergency planning took on greater significance following the Christchurch earthquakes.


Mr. Bruce White
Deputy Registrar
University of Canterbury

Mr. White is currently Deputy Registrar of University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. 

As Deputy Registrar, he is responsible for the university planning process, relationships with Central Government funders and associated reporting. A Chartered Accountant by profession, he has held senior management roles in the New Zealand Health system and multi-national corporations.


Ms. Jill N. Lerner
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Ms. Lerner has over 30 years of design and management experience, leading numerous award-winning academic and institutional research facilities projects for public and private clients, both domestically and abroad.

Her work includes a new Bio-Medical Research Institute for Methodist Hospital in Houston, the Semel Research Institute for Human Behavior at UCLA, Huntsman Hall at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, the Advanced Science Research Center for the City University of New York in Manhattan, Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen and NYU's New Shanghai Campus. She has been at KPF since 1994, and a Principal since 1999.

Ms. Lerner is presently the First Vice President/ President-Elect of the NYC American Institute of Architects (AIA NYC). She has served on the Board of the Asian University for Women and the President's Advisory Council for College of Creative Studies. Ms. Lerner has had significant leadership roles at Cornell University as a University Trustee, Chair of the Dean's Advisory Council for the College of Architecture Art & Planning, President's Council of Cornell Women, and Master Plan Design Task Force.


Dr. Kin Leong Pey
Associate Provost (Education)
Singapore University of Technology and Design

Prof. Pey is currently Associate Provost (Education) of Singapore University of Technology and Design. He received his Bachelor of Engineering (1989) and Ph.D (1994) in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore. He has held various research positions in the Institute of Microelectronics, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, Agilent Technologies and National University of Singapore. Prof. Pey was the head of Microelectronics Division at Nanyang Technological University before being invited recently to hold an Associate Provost appointment of the latest and 4th public funded university, the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He also holds a concurrent in the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA).

Prof. Pey has published more than 170 international refereed publications, 175 technical papers at international meetings/conferences and a book chapter, and holds 34 US patents in areas related to nanoelectronics.


Prof. Steven J. DeKrey
Senior Associate Dean of Business and Management
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Prof. DeKrey is Senior Associate Dean, Director of Masters Programs and Adjunct Professor of Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) School of Business and Management.

In 1998 the Kellogg/HKUST EMBA program was launched with Prof. DeKrey as Founding Director.  Widely recognized for quality, the MBA programs at HKUST are rated highly by The Financial Times with the EMBA program #1 in the world three times, and the full time MBA ranked top 10 in the world. The Business School has 11 masters programs including a Global Finance partnership with NYU Stern and a Global Management Program for Shinhan Financial Group of Korea.

He has a BA from University of Minnesota, a MS from University of Wisconsin, a PhD from The University of Iowa and a MBA from Kellogg School - Northwestern University.


Dr. Robert Partridge
Academic Registrar
University of Bristol

Dr. Partridge is Academic Registrar at the University of Bristol, UK. Until autumn 2011, he was employed as founding Head of Registry at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China, a Sino-UK joint venture, where he was responsible for academic governance and for designing and developing the administrative infrastructure. Earlier in his career, he founded the internationally renowned York Award, which is a programme of skills and personal development for undergraduate students. He also established York Cares, a charity which facilitates employee volunteering in public and private sector organizations, including Aviva and Corus. He has a PhD in reproductive biology and has taught students of all ages. In 2005, he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the UK Higher Education Academy in recognition of his innovative work to enhance student employability.  


Prof. Nicholas Miles
Provost and Chief Executive Officer
The University of Nottingham Ningbo

Professor Nick Miles is Provost and Chief Executive Officer of The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. He was formerly Dean of Science and Engineering at The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China and Head of the School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at The University of Nottingham UK.

Professor Miles is a mineral processing engineer with research experience in fine particle processing, waste minimisation and recycling, bulk material transportation processes and coal preparation. He has an extensive research and technology transfer portfolio (completed 40 PhD supervisions) supported through UK Research Council, European, UK government, Ningbo Municipal Government (China) and industry funding and a strong record of inter-disciplinary research with colleagues in the physical sciences, including Chemistry and Physics. He also has a broad experience of knowledge transfer and commercialisation of research and was jointly responsible for setting up the Environmental Technology Centre – a resource centre that delivers technology transfer, environmental and business support for SMEs.  


Mr. Robert Webster
Executive Director of the Policy and Planning Group
RMIT University


Mr. Webster is Executive Director of the Policy and Planning Group at RMIT University.  Robert is responsible for strategic and business planning, institutional research, student load planning, student feedback and quality assurance.  He has 30 years experience in strategy development and implementation across public and private sectors in a diverse range of industries including manufacturing, financial services, transport, telecommunications and education.


Mr. Michael Fung
Director of Planning
and Institutional Research
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Mr. Fung is the Director of Planning and Institutional Research in the Office of the President, at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Reporting directly to the President, Michael provides leadership and support for the University's academic and strategic planning, decision-making, and resource allocation. He collaborates with the senior administration team to chart out the University's short-range and long-range development plans, and to monitor institutional effectiveness in implementation and execution through a range of performance metrics and data. 

Prior to joining HKUST, he was the Director of Strategic Planning and Quality Assurance at the Singapore Management University, and an Adjunct Faculty with the School of Information Systems. He served concurrently as a Director in the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

He holds a double-major degree in Computer Engineering and Psychology, and a Masters in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, USA.