Speakers

Speakers Line-Up

Brian Cooklin
Principal
Nord Anglia International School, Hong Kong
Cherry Cao
Human Resources Manager
Harrow International School Shanghai
Christian Kuhna
Director Innovation and Head of Asia
ArtGym
David Mansfield
Executive Director
YK Pao School
David Griffiths
Second Master
Wycombe Abbey International School
David Swanson
Head of School
International School of Nanshan Shenzhen
Douglas K. Prescott
Head of School
Canadian International Schools of Beijing
Eric Tsui
Professor, Chair of E-Learning Advisory Committee and MOOC Steering Group
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Evelyn Chaveriat
Director of Admissions
Concordia International School Shanghai
Gerard MacMahon
Executive Master
Wellington College International Shanghai
Helene Reiter
Human Resources Director
Shanghai American School
Iain Riley
Western Principal
Shanghai Liaoyuan Bilingual School

Karl Yin
Vice Chairman, HIK Group, Founder & CEO, Forte Education Consultancy, Founder & Chairman, HIK SVS International School

Lucy Chuang
General Manager and Founder
Chinese Language Institute
Marcel Gauthier
Head of School
Shanghai American School
Minjuan Wang
Professor, Learning Design and Technology, San Diego State University, USA
Shanghai International Studies University
Natasha Naderi
Human Resources Director
Beijing International Bilingual Academy
Dr. Nicholas Dwyer
Principal & CEO
Haileybury International School Tianjin
Tarek Razik
Head of School
Jakarta Intercultural School

Robert Hutton
Managing Director, Integrated Facilities Management, North Asia, Jones Lang Laselle

Arlo Kipfer
Business Development Consultant, Asia Pacific & Americas
ISC Research
Barry Wellard
Account Manager Asia
Furnware
Bernard Fawcett
International Schools Consultant
GL Education
Masaki Morisawa
Senior Product Manager
Gale
Mike Li
Senior Manager
British Council
Richard Gaskell
Schools Director
ISC Research

Seb Francis
Co-Founder and Director
Titus Learning Ltd

Speakers Profile

Brian Cooklin
Principal
Nord Anglia International School, Hong Kong

Brian has 21 years of experience as School Principal in 3 continents. With his wealth of experience in the field, he has also taken a leading role in a range of teacher training and mentoring programmes at a local and international level. He is an inspirational, motivational and renowned public speaker. 


Cherry Cao
Human Resources Manager
Harrow International School Shanghai

Cherry Cao has her Bachelor Degree of Human Resources Management from Beijing, China, and Master Study in the same discipline in Birmingham, UK.

Previously she worked for Four Seasons Hotel Group as HR professional. Joined in Harrow International School Shanghai in 2015 as a key member of founding team and up to present.


David Mansfield
Executive Director
YK Pao School

David Mansfield has been head of four schools, including a leading International School, Dulwich College in Beijing, and currently YK Pao School in Shanghai. He has consulted widely for schools in many parts of the world, with investors and for major institutions, like the British Council and Cambridge International Examinations. He is British, a graduate of Cambridge University, and previously was a Director of Cambridge Assessment in the UK. 


David Swanson
Head of School
International School of Nanshan Shenzhen

David is the Head of School at ISNS where he oversees all academic programs.  David is originally from the U.S.A. where he lived in the states of Minnesota and Colorado.  David holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Divinity from the Iliff School of Theology, a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Post-Graduate Certificate in International School Leadership from the College of New Jersey.   He is certified as both a science teacher and principal.   David began his career in education in Colorado but quickly discovered a love for the world of international schools.  David believes strongly in the philosophy and approach of the International Baccalaureate Programmes.  He has served international schools in Egypt, Thailand, Korea, Jordan, Vietnam, and now China, since 2001.  Overall, David has more than twenty years of experience working with children, of which eight have been as a school leader and administrator.  David has a passion for integrating technology into education and a vision to transform education using technology.


David Griffiths
Second Master
Wycombe Abbey International School

David held leadership roles in IAPS & HMC UK Independent Schools, before being head hunted by BE Education in February 2015. In addition to his role at Wycombe Abbey, Changzhou he is the Technical Advisor to the China Rugby Football Association, mentors for the Olympic Office and can be seen on China National TV (ICS5), discussing a range of education and business topics that focus on raising performance.

A specialist in pastoral care and educational business growth, his talk provides insight into the stakeholder support, infrastructure and tools required to create the connections, and momentum to support the growth of educational businesses in China.


Eric Tsui
Professor, Chair of E-Learning Advisory Committee and MOOC Steering Group
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Eric Tsui is the Associate Director of the Knowledge Management and Innovation Research Centre (KMIRC) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Vice President of the Hong Kong Knowledge Management Society. He designed and launched PolyU's first MOOC titled "Knowledge Management and Big Data in Business" on MIT's edX platform and has attracted over 56,000 registrations since August 2015. He is also the Chair of the Advisory Committee on ELearning and Facilitator of a Community of Practice on Technology-enhanced Teaching and Learning at PolyU. 


Evelyn Chaveriat
Director of Admissions
Concordia International School Shanghai

Evelyn was born in Texas, she then moved to St. Louis, Chicago, Minnesota and Iowa, instilling early the travel bug! As a college junior, Evelyn spent a semester in Malta and decided that teaching abroad would be her career and indeed, before coming to Shanghai, she taught in Bolivia, Saudi Arabia and 17 years in Hong Kong. Evelyn has a Master's in Elementary Education and is a certified Reading Specialist with additional hours in Special Education. In Michigan she owned a tutoring business and provided Reading Instruction training for a national training company. Evelyn began working at Concordia International School Shanghai in 2009 as the academic counselor. Evelyn has been the Director of Admissions at Concordia since 2015. Evelyn’s husband is a middle school teacher at Concordia. Together they have three children who have continued to live internationally.


Gerard MacMahon
Executive Master
Wellington College International Shanghai

Gerard became Master of Wellington College International Shanghai in January 2016.  Wellington, which opened in 2014, is a rapidly growing 2-18 college and has already developed a reputation as one of Shanghai’s top international school.  In 2018, as Executive Master, Gerard will lead the opening of Wellington College Bilingual Shanghai.  Both colleges enjoy outstanding, purpose-built campuses in the New Bund area of the city.  In 2017, Gerard was named one of the top ten most influential international school leaders in China.

Gerard has been a school principal since 2004, when he was appointed headteacher of Sheldon School in Wiltshire, England.  Sheldon is a large, highly successful 11-18 school.  In 2008, it became one of the first schools to judged outstanding in all 38 inspection categories by Ofsted.  In addition to academic success, the school excelled in sports and the arts. Gerard was made a National Leader of Education in 2010 and Sheldon was identified as one of the top 100 schools in England when becoming a Teaching School in 2011.

Gerard moved to Qatar in 2012 to be headmaster of Al Khor International School.  AKIS is one of the world’s largest international schools with over 4,500 students following either British or Indian CBSE curriculums.

Gerard has taught economics for over twenty years and was the founding head of sixth form at Balcarras School in Cheltenham, where he was a member of the leadership team for seven years.  Both Balcarras and Sheldon sixth forms are regularly among the top performing in England.
He was born in Dublin and raised in Bristol.  He graduated in economics from the London School of Economics and trained as a teacher at London’s Institute of Education. 


Iain Riley
Western Principal
Shanghai Liaoyuan Bilingual School

Iain Riley has been an educator for over 15 years having taught in Turkey, Egypt, China and his home country of Scotland. He has taught the IB  PYP for just over 10 years now. He is currently Western Primary Principal of Liaoyuan Bilingual School and was previously an Assistant Head at a large International School here in Shanghai. Iain has previously presented at a number of conferences around Asia-Pacific including the first Managebac conference in Shanghai and Hong Kong, the IB Conference in India and the Annual International School Conference. He is also an online facilitator with the IB. 


Lucy Chuang
General Manager and Founder
Chinese Language Institute

Lucy H. Chuang has her Bachelor degree of Industry Economy and English from Beijing, China, and Master study in Gothenburg, Sweden. Her previous working experience also included as a University English teacher in China (1990-1992), supply chain management for Ericsson in Sweden and England (1994-2002). She was also the consultant at the Swedish Business Consul under the Swedish Ministry of Affairs during 2002. She founded Chinese Learning Centre (Chinese Language Institute) in 2007 and up to the present.


Marcel Gauthier
Head of School
Shanghai American School

Marcel Gauthier is in his second year as Head of School of Shanghai American School. An educator for 30 years, Mr. Gauthier pursued his teaching and leadership career in American independent schools, most recently serving for six years as Assistant Head of School at the Waterford School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Marcel’s priority as an educational leader is to create a school culture where students not only achieve high outcomes, but also achieve the hallmarks of the Shanghai American School Mission: a lifelong passion for learning, a commitment to act with integrity and compassion, and the courage to live their dreams.


Minjuan Wang
Professor, Learning Design and Technology, San Diego State University, USA
Shanghai International Studies University

Dr. Minjuan Wang is Professor of Learning, Design, and Technology at San Diego State University (SDSU), and distinguished visiting professor of Shanghai International Studies University. She also worked as a project manager for the Chancellor’s Office of CSU (California State University), on Open Educational Resources, where she assisted in forming two IEEE-sponsored editorial boards for the MERLOT project. In addition, she and her American colleagues obtained a four-year grant to study environment protection (including the Golden monkeys) in Fanjingshan, Guizhou province.

In her 16 years at SDSU, she teaches Methods of Inquiry, Designing and Developing Learning for the Global Audience, Mobile learning design, Technologies for Course Delivery, and Technologies for Teaching.  Her research specialties is multidisciplinary, focusing on the sociocultural aspects of online learning, mobile learning, Augmented Reality, Cloud Learning (MOOCS), and intelligent classrooms. She is a chief editor for one computer science journal (Emerging Technologies and Pedagogies in Education) , and also serves on editorial boards for four other education technology journals: Open Education Research, International Journal on E-Learning (IJEL), the Open Education Journal, and Journal of Information Technology Application in Education.

As a winner of several research awards, Minjuan is recognized as one of the high impact authors in blended and mobile learning. She has more than 80 peer-reviewed articles published in premier journals, such as Educational Technology Research and Development, IEEE Transactions on Education, and British Journal of Educational Technology. She was a keynote and invited speaker to 15 international conferences. In addition, she is also an accomplished creative writer. Her recent Novel--Walking in this Beautiful World—has inspired many young people around the world. Her professional homepage is: http://www.tinyurl.com/minwang


Natasha Naderi
Human Resources Director
Beijing International Bilingual Academy

Natasha currently serves as Human Resources Director for Beijing International Bilingual Academy.   Natasha is passionate about creating people practices and structures that enable trust and justice, promote collaboration, and honor the cultural diversity of all staff members.

She has over 15 years of experience in human resources, 9 of which have been in Asia.  She holds and M.Ed. in Human and Organization Development from Vanderbilt University and a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute.

In addition to her experience in the field of education and the non-profit sector, she has great depth of experience organizational learning, change, and leadership development, in the entertainment, hospitality, and manufacturing industries.   In her previous role, she and her teammates won two HR Innovation Awards for Excellence in Leadership Development and Talent Management.


Dr. Nicholas Dwyer
Principal & CEO
Haileybury International School Tianjin

Dr Dwyer is Chairman of the Vanke Meisha Academy, an international school which will open in Guangzhou in September 2018. 
He is also a Director of Haileybury International School Tianjin, a K-12 boarding school for Chinese students seeking pathways to university overseas. The school was established with Dr Dwyer as its founding Principal and CEO in 2013, as a joint venture controlled by Haileybury Melbourne, and was the first of its kind in China.

Nicholas was also Vice-Principal (International) of Haileybury College, an independent, K-12 school of 4,000 students across four campuses in Melbourne.
He is a graduate of the ANU (Law and Economics) and earned his doctorate from Melbourne University in the field of organizational learning and international education. He worked for some years with the Banque Nationale de Paris before moving into teaching, where he held teaching and management positions at Marlborough College (UK), Canberra Grammar School and Caulfield Grammar (Melbourne).

A particular aim has been to foster internationalism in education.  He was involved in developing an innovative residential program for Caulfield Grammar students in Nanjing in 1997, as an early joint project with a local high school.

At Haileybury he has established an international presence for the school, with professional and operational links to schools in a range of countries. Over the last fifteen years Nicholas developed Australia’s first TNE school-level program in China.  Working with a group of ten partner schools in China, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and Chinese provincial education departments, Haileybury now trains Chinese teachers and offers the VCE to more than five hundred Chinese students as a pathway to universities in Australia and overseas. This experience paved the way for the establishment of Haileybury International School Tianjin.

Nicholas has worked for Haileybury in the UAE and has established the VCE in the Philippines and as a pro bono project in Timor Leste.


Robert Hutton
Managing Director, Integrated Facilities Management, North Asia, Jones Lang Laselle

As head of IFM for Greater China and Korea, Robert oversees a portfolio of 120 corporate clients representing over 73 million square feet under management. He is responsible for more than 3200 staff, and uses his recruiting, team-building and leadership skills to assure top talent deliver consistent service excellence. Working in some of the world’s major economies, Robert works closely with market and business leaders to develop strategic direction, business priorities and operational advice across Greater China and Korea, expanding our IFM presence in the region, and maintain strong relationships with corporates and individuals across industries. 

His experience in risk management, facilities management, leasing, EH&S, business continuity planning, financial management, and crisis management allows him to evolve JLL’s platform of best practices and capabilities to meet the changing needs of client. Robert focuses on driving efficiency by streamlining delivery models and operations, producing optimum cost savings and productivity to client portfolios. ​

Robert is a member of JLL’s regional Corporate Solutions team (incorporating IFM, Integrated Portfolio Services, Project & Development Services and Consulting) and a full member of the Firm’s IFM Asia Pacific Executive.

Experience
Robert has honed his leadership skills, strategic planning, team building and tactical execution of delivery models through more than 17 years of real estate and 19 years of military experience. He has spearheaded many high-profile and discreet initiatives, consistently demonstrating his planning and tactical execution skills at all levels.
Before joining JLL, Robert led Global Operations, Asia Pacific for Pfizer, managing a 4.2 million square foot portfolio of office, residential, research and development, land and industrial space. He built the Corporate Facilities team from the ground up and repositioned Pfizer’s portfolio to optimise the company’s infrastructure and capital investments. ​

During his military career with the British Army, Robert advanced quickly through leadership roles to oversee nearly 1,000 troops.

Education and Affiliations
Robert graduated from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst


Arlo Kipfer
Business Development Consultant, Asia Pacific & Americas
ISC Research

Originally from the United States, he has lived and worked in Greater China since 2002. After nine years guiding development and compliance efforts for multinationals in the region, he then spent six years restructuring and growing business operations for an international school group in 13 countries across Asia and North America. He has a background in law, and have regularly conducted Chinese legal research for law firms, especially in the areas of private school regulations. His writings on international and private school regulations in China have been published in the China Law Blog and in research journals. He reads and speaks Mandarin, and has an extensive network and knowledge of educational opportunities in China.
 
He lives in Hong Kong, and his wife is an Elementary Principal at The Canadian International of Hong Kong.


Barry Wellard
Account Manager Asia
Furnware

What I have enjoyed the most throughout my 20-year career in Asia and Australia, is interaction with customers and the relationships developed over a long period of time. I love being able provide solutions that will make their lives easier.

Having recently studied for an Executive MBA, I know the interactions you have with fellow students are just as important as those you have with your teacher. Collaboration and the sharing of information and knowledge, is a key success factor in implementing a flexible learning environment. I have also witnessed first-hand, the positive outcomes of these learning spaces through my children; how much learners appreciate the flexibility of the space and the impact it has on their interaction and learning. 

A lot of what my past has taught me, is the importance of observation. Listening and looking. I love hearing great ideas from passionate teachers and principals about their positive vision for their school and understanding Furnware’s role in helping to create a comfortable, usable and flexible space to achieve successful learning outcomes.


Bernard Fawcett
International Schools Consultant
GL Education

Bernard is GL Education’s International Consultant working with schools in Central and East Asia.

After a career in control engineering Bernard became a teacher of Technology going on to lead a department and work as a Director of eLearning. During that time he also had responsibility for implementing a new management information system and using data more effectively. Bernard has also worked as an examiner and moderator for a number of awarding bodies. More recently Bernard has worked for Pearson helping schools to design their curriculum to get the most from their Edexcel and BTEC qualifications.


Masaki Morisawa
Senior Product Manager
Gale

Masaki Morisawa is Senior Product Manager of Gale based in Tokyo. In this role, he supports the Gale sales force in Asia in areas of product information and training, marketing materials, and technical support. He studied English literature in Sophia University, Tokyo. He also enjoys eating exotic local food during his China trips although he often struggles to get his order through with his poor Chinese vocabulary.


Mike Li
Senior Manager
British Council

Mike possesses extensive experience in the areas of English language training, sino-foreign institute operation and language assessment, he held managerial positions with functions of Marketing, Business development and Registry in various organizations in the past decade; currently in British Council, Mike serves as the Senior Business Development Manager with focus on the development of assessment systems in the educational context, including IELTS, Aptis and other test products.


Seb Francis
Co-Founder and Director
Titus Learning Ltd

Seb Francis is the Co-Founder of Certified Moodle Partner, Titus Learning. He is responsible for their work with schools around the globe, including the most prestigious schools in China and Hong Kong. Seb is also an Executive Council member for the British Education Suppliers Association (BESA) and Chairman of their EdTech Group.