Keynote Speakers

Dr Barker

Kathryn Chang Barker – Canada

Dr Kathryn Chang Barker is an education futurist, with an ePortfolio of achievements at  As a Visiting International Professor, she is currently affiliated with University of Science and Technology of China, in Hefei, where she teaches intercultural leadership.  As well, she is connected to the higher education community in Oman, Qatar Originally from Canada, Dr Barker authored the Canadian eLearning Quality Standards in 1998 and she has concerned herself with quality assurance ever since. In Malaysia, she served as Director of Education Innovation at Monash University.  She travels extensively and brings a global perspective to the challenges and opportunities facing learners and learning institutions.

Ali Fawaz Shareef – Vice Chancellor, The Maldives National University

Dr. Fawaz Shareef currently is the Vice Chancellor of Maldives National University. He formerly worked as the Director of the Institute for Research and Innovation at Villa College. Dr. Fawaz holds a PhD in Information Systems specializing in Computer-based Distance Education from Massey University, New Zealand. He has worked in several research projects and has published in a number of international publications. Dr. Fawaz also worked at the Universal College of Learning, New Zealand as an eLearning Advisor as well as a Lecturer at Massey University, New Zealand.

Nurkhamimi Zainuddin – Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia

Dr. Nurkhamimi Zainuddin is currently the Deputy Director at Centre for Global Open Access Learning, Immersive Technology and Quality Assurance (GOAL-ITQAN), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). His research focus is on Teaching Arabic as a Second Language and Technology Enhanced Pedagogy. He is also a member of The Malaysian e-Learning Council for Public Universities (MEIPTA). Nurkhamimi is currently the editor of International Young Scholar Journals of Language, Video Journal of Innovative Pedagogies, Malaysian Journal of Educational Technology and Journal of Technology and Information Education. To date, he is actively involved in numerous researches in the area of Open & Flexible Learning. Instead, he coined his own term which is FLOOC (Foreign Language Open Online Course) by adapting the concept of “Learning Buffet”.

Hasnain Zafar Baloch – Pakistan

Hasnain  is working as e-Learning Manager at International Medical University (IMU). He has more than fifteen years’ hands-on experience with implementing e-learning in higher education. In 2013, he was ranked No.6 in the World and No.3 in Malaysia on the ‘Top e-Learning Movers & Shakers’ poll based on votes from1800+ learning professionals/educators around the world. He has a passion for new technologies, social collaboration strategies and the impact they have on learning. He has done research in several key e-learning areas, including mobile collaborative learning, Hospital Information System, Student Information System, social media, web 2.0, educational gaming, role-play simulation, virtual classrooms, learning (content) management systems, engagement tools, blended learning, Open Educational Resources,  e-learning standards, instructional design and courseware development.

Mahizer Hamzah – Malaysia

Dr. Mahizer is the Head Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Human Development at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris.  Besides being a President for Malaysian Educational Technology Association (META) (2014 until 2018) he is also a member of Association for Educational and Communication Technology (AECT). He received his Master’s degrees from USM (Education Technology) and his Doctor of Education from the Nova Southeastern University, USA (Instructional Technology and Distance Education).