Keynote Speakers

Prof. Li-fang Zhang
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Li-fang Zhang is Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Hong Kong. She has published dozens of academic book chapters and books, and is the (co)author of more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and encyclopedic entries. Two of her award-winning monographs are entitled The Malleability of Intellectual Styles (by Cambridge University Press, 2013) and The Nature of Intellectual Styles (with Sternberg, 2006).  Her new book (also by Cambridge) is entitled The Value of Intellectual Styles (Zhang, 2017).

Professor Zhang serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The [Oxford] Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology and Associate Editor of 1) Journal of Educational Psychology , 2) Educational Psychology, and 3) Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology.  She is also an editorial board member of several other psychology and education journals.

Prof. Ananda Kumar Palaniappan
University of Malaya, Malaysia

Professor Dr. Ananda Kumar Palaniappan is an Educational Psychologist at the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya. He specializes in Creative & Innovative Thinking, Organizational Creativity, Creative Problem Solving. Dr. Ananda also conducts SPSS and AMOS workshops. He has given invited addresses on Creativity for numerous groups including managers, magistrates, legal officers and educational administrators in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Spain, UK and USA. He has published internationally on creativity and on the validation of several instruments in many international journals including Perceptual and Motor Skills and Journal of Psychology. He is currently a Visiting Professor on the Chulalongkorn University Royal Golden Jubilee Award at the Department of Educational Research and Psychology, Chulalongkorn University. Dr. Ananda is a member of American Psychological Association (APA), American Creativity Association (ACA) and International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP). For more information please visit his website:


Assoc. Prof. Siew Fun Tang
Taylor’s University, Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tang Siew Fun is Dean of Learning and Teaching at Taylor’s University. She has a proven record in educational leadership with great contribution in driving innovative and pioneer teaching and learning initiatives. She prides herself leading the way for the university towards transforming the teaching and learning landscape in the country. Under her leadership, the Integrated Teaching and Lifelong Learning Centre at Taylor’s University (INTELLECT) has embarked on an ambitious journey to re-define student learning for better academic outcomes. This has made INTELLECT always being at the forefront of transformational teaching and learning journey and contributes significantly towards strengthening the Taylor’s brand values nationally and internationally.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tang has been with Taylor’s University since 2000 having taught previously at other public and private universities in Malaysia and worked with two multi-national companies. She is a teacher developer who has always be in touch with the teachers she develops and creates valuable experiences for them. Her major work focuses on designing teaching evaluation processes, coaching systems, and defining training plans, and developing students holistically. She is noted for her personal and professional efforts to develop lecturers, as she believes “students learn successfully if teachers teach successfully”. She also believes that all students deserve an education that will challenge, inspire and prepare them to become better citizens as well as for a better future. Her recent work includes development of a 360o university teaching engagement scale (TES) and development of a holistic development for students i.e. the Taylor’s Shine Award Programme that leads to the Second Transcript. She has published in internal peer-reviewed journals and has been the conference chair for the Taylor’s Teaching and Learning Conference, an international conference, since 2013.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tang’s work has evolved from being a passionate excellent teacher to an effective educational leader, shifting the paradigm for the teaching profession in ensuring student success.

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