Keynote Speakers

Dr. Laura Boykin is a computational biologist who uses genomics and supercomputing to help smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa control whiteies, which have caused devastation of local cassava crops. Her lab at the University of Western Australia is using genetic data to understand the whitey’s evolution. Boykin’s research has proven important genetic dierences in various whitey species. Boykin also works to equip African scientists with a greater knowledge of genomics and high-performance computing skills to tackle future insect outbreaks. Boykin completed her PhD in Biology at the University of New Mexico while working at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow and lab head at University of Western Australia and a senior TED Fellow. She was invited to present her lab’s research on whiteies at the United Nations Solution Summit in New York City for the signing of the Sustainable Development Goals to end extreme poverty by 2030. She promotes translational research.

Senior Research Fellow & Senior TED Fellow
The University of Western Australia

Prof. Dr. Shahrul Azman Mohd Noah received the BSc with honors in Mathematics from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1992, MSc and PhD degrees in Information Studies from the University of Sheeld, UK, in 1994 and 1998, respectively. He is a professor in the Center for Articial Intelligence Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and currently heads the Knowledge Technology research group. His research interests include information retrieval and ontology with special emphasis on semantic searching and recommender systems. He has published more than 200 research articles in these areas. Prof. Shahrul Azman was a research fellow at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM), UCLA. He also serves as technical expert assessor for various research grants such as the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) IGS, MSC Multimedia Super Corridor R&D (MGS) and MOSTI Technofund grant schemes. Prof. Shahrul Azman is currently the president of the Persatuan Capaian Maklumat dan Pengurusan Pengetahuan (PECAMP), and members of the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA) and IEEE Computer Science Society associations.

Professor of Semantic Technology, Information Retrieval & Ontology
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Stacey L. Connaughton (Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin, 2002) is an Associate Professor and the Associate Head of School at the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. Her research examines leadership and identification in geographically distributed contexts, particularly as these issues relate to virtual teams/organizations, political parties, and peacebuilding. Dr. Connaughton also serves as Director of the Purdue Peace Project, an externally funded initiative that seeks to reduce, and enhance what is known about how to reduce, the likelihood of political violence in West Africa. Her published work has appeared in Small Group Research, Journal of Communication, Management Communication Quarterly, Communication Studies, Communication Yearbook, The Howard Journal of Communications, Corporate Communication: An International Journal, Knowledge Management Review, and her book, Inviting Latino Voters: Party Messages and Latino Party Identification, was published in 2005 by Routledge. Dr. Connaughton’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. She has been invited to present her research on virtual teams and virtual leadership to industry, military, and higher educational audiences, and has facilitated workshops and written guidebooks in the areas of virtual teams, leadership, team-building, and strategic planning in the United States, Canada, and China.

Director of the Purdue Peace Project
Purdue University

Prof. Dato’ Dr Noor Inayah Yaakub serves as Professor at Faculty of Economics and Management, Faculty of Law and Institute of West Asian Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia since 1998 until 2014. She serves as a Director of the Centre for Corporate Planning & Leadership, Deputy Dean for Research Graduate School of Business, and the rst Head of Quality, Faculty of Law UKM. She serves at Global Wisdom Centre, University Islam Malaysia. She was admitted to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1996 became a qualied Shariah lawyer. She practiced law with Messrs. Abraham & Ooi and Co from 1996 to 1998S. She is also a qualies Syarie lawyer of Negeri Sembilan. She has more than 20 years of experience in teaching Islamic Law, Syariah and Conventional Banking Law, Takaful and Insurance Law, Equity & Trust Law and Business Law and Ethics. She serves as Member of the Board Shariah Committee at CIMB Bank Berhad and Sun Life Malaysia Takaful Berhad. She served as Member of Board Shariah Committee at CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad until March 24, 2017. Currently, she is also a member of the Board of Shariah at Majlis Amanah Raya. She received double degrees of a Bachelor of Shariah Law (Hons) and Bachelor of Law (Hons) from the International Islamic University Malaysia, a LLM (Master of Comparative Civil & Banking Law) from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom and a PhD in Comparative Civil & Islamic Banking Law of Guarantee from the law Faculty, University of Manchester, United Kingdom. She has been appointed as Dean, Faculty of Business and Accountancy, University of Selangor. She is currently serves as a Chairperson, Dewan Pendidikan, Majlis Dakwah Negara. She holds a professional certicate of a Project Management from Innovation Centre, University of Oxford.

Dean of Faculty of Business and Accountancy
Universiti Selangor

Professor Dr. Ir. Peter Oosterveer received his PhD in 2005 at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands. From March 2016, Professor Oosterveer became one of the three Personal Professors of the Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University. His research and teaching is in the eld of globalization and sustainability of food production and consumption, including labeling and certication of food. As a social scientist he is particular interested in human-human and human-environment interactions. His research is implemented in many dierent parts of the world, including Europe, Asia and Africa. He is currently a member of the Board of the International Sociological Association under RC 24: Environment and Society and the European Sociological Association (ESA) under RN 12: Environment and Society. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of “Environmental Sociology” a journal published by Taylor and Francis. In 2016, Professor Oosterveer was appointed as the Chair of the Malaysian Palm Oil Berhad (MPOB)-UKM
Endowed Chair.

Professor of Environmental Policy Group
Wageningen University

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