Keynote Speakers

Prof Dr Firdaus Abudllah

Prof. Dr. Firdaus Abudllah

Faculty of Business Management
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia

Title: “The Power of Socio-Economic Impact towards building a More Sustainable and Equitable Future”

Professor Dr Firdaus Abdullah currently serves as the Dean for Faculty of Business Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). He obtained his DBA from the University of South Australia, MBA and Postgraduate Diploma from Bournemouth University, United Kingdom, Diplôme des Etudes Techniques Superieures as well as Diplôma en Gestion des Entreprises from Université de Poitiers, France. In his combined 27 years of experience at both the private and public sector including 22 years serving UiTM as an academic specialising in service quality,‭ ‬customer satisfaction‭ ‬&‭ ‬loyalty, entrepreneurship,‭ ‬strategic‭ ‬planning,‭ ‬socio-economic‭ ‬impact‭ and ‬Islamic business, he has served clients‭ ‬from‭ ‬public listed companies, government ministries, agencies to GLCs. Professor Firdaus has completed 30 consultancy and research projects with a value of close to RM10 million, authored 8 books, written more than 100 refereed journal articles and conference proceedings, delivered eight keynote speeches and presented at international conferences in ten different countries while holding key leadership positions. As a recognition for his contributions, he was awarded Pingat Bintang Kenyalang and Pingat Pentadbiran Bakti by the Governor of Sarawak in 2022 and 2013, respectively. Hailed from Land of the Hornbills, Professor Firdaus has an approachable demeanor who is a visionary keen on making organizational changes for improvement.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Prof. Danilo Arana Arao

Prof. Danilo Arana Arao

Editor of Media Asia Journal (Q1)
Department of Journalism University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman

Title: “The Role of Communication and Journalism in Creating a Sustainable Future”

DANILO ARAÑA ARAO is an associate professor at the Department of Journalism, College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Center for International Studies (CIS) at UP Diliman and a special lecturer of the Department of Journalism, College of Communication at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Sta. Mesa. He is the editor of Media Asia, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Asian Media Information and Communication (AMIC) Centre and Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

As regards his work as a journalist, he writes a weekly column in Filipino (“Konteksto”) for Pinoy Weekly (a print and online publication). His weekly column is cross-posted in Bulatlat Multimedia (an online news magazine) where he also serves as associate editor. He is also board secretary of Kodao Productions (a multimedia group) and board chair of Alipato Media Center (publisher of Bulatlat Multimedia).

He was associate dean of his college from July 2013 to May 2015. From February 10, 2011 to October 31, 2012, he worked as assistant vice-president for public affairs and director, System Information Office (SIO) of UP. From March 2009 to February 2010, he was on special detail as a visiting professor at Hannam University’s Linton Global College in Daejeon, South Korea.
Prior to teaching full-time at UP Diliman, he was editor-in-chief (1994-1999) and head of research (2000-2001) of IBON Foundation, an independent research think-tank. He also taught Political Science part-time at the De La Salle University (DLSU)-Manila from 1993 to 1995.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Communication (Journalism), cum laude and Most Outstanding Journalism Student, at UP Diliman in 1991; and a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Philippine Studies, with High Distinction, at the De La Salle University-Manila in 2002. He is currently writing a dissertation to fulfill a requirement for the degree of Doctor philosophiae (Dr. phil.) at Ilmenau University of Technology (Germany).

Prof. Dominique Emmanuel Uwizeyimana

Prof. Dominique Emmanuel Uwizeyimana

Professor and Director of the School of Public Management, Governance & Public Policy
University of Johannesburg
South Africa

Title: “Navigating the Intersection of Public Policy Management, and Sustainability: A Holistic and Systemic Approach to Driving a Sustainable Future”

Director of the School of Public Management, Governance and Public Policy (SPMGPP) at the University of Johannesburg. He is an NRF-Rated researcher specialising in public policy, programme and project implementation and evaluation. He holds a BA (cum laude) (UWC), BA Hons (cum laude) (US), Master of Social Science (UCT) and a D Litt et Phil (UJ) – all in the field of Public Management and Governance. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Professor Uwizeyimana aims to grow into a more seasoned and well-rounded public policy analyst based on international standards. His noteworthy contributions to the extension of knowledge in his field over the years can be grouped into the following two broad categories:

  • Public policy analysis and management (with a particular focus on Public Policy and Programmes Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) issues).
  • Theories of Public Administration, Management and Governance (including Human Rights, leadership for social justice, democratic governance, and sustainable development issues).

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Plenary Speaker

Prof. S. J. de S. Hewavisenthi

Prof. S. J. de S. Hewavisenthi

Cadre Chair and Senior Professor
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Title: “The Global Epidemic of Non-Communicable Diseases: A Social Science Perspective on Prevention and Treatment”

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